January

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State of the Union address, DREAM Act Undocumented youth respond

In his State of the Union address, the president described the challenges faced by undocumented youth: many of them are already responding favorably: "I'm a DREAMer and I believe myself to be an American. I have hope."

Defense funding act assailed for assault on civil liberties

The legislation requires the government to arrest and detain indefinitely without trial non-citizens suspected of supporting this country's enemies in the "war on terror."

Obama draws praise for halting tar sands pipeline

Republican claims that they are trying to create jobs is ludicrous. The Republicans have done everything in their power to kill the jobs bills in Congress.

Trumka files dissent from Obama jobs council report

Trumka said he disagreed and that evidence does not support the claim that significant new job creation would result from such so-called reforms.

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Immigration rights activists applaud hardship waiver proposal

This past Friday, the Obama administration announced rule changes in immigration policy that would allow undocumented immigrants to seek a hardship waiver while staying in the United States.

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Obama bulldozes GOP wall of obstruction

The president said he was forced to make the appointment now, during the current Congressional recess, if the consumer protection agency was to function.

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White House announces youth summer jobs program

With nearly half of all young people between the ages of 16 and 24 unemployed, the White House today announced the $1.5 billion initiative.

GOP caves, Congress passes jobless benefits extension

Congress finally passed a two-month extension of long-term unemployment benefits and a Social Security payroll tax cut for workers.