January

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Gun control battle opens in Senate

"Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important," Giffords told the senators. "Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying."

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Boy Scouts might drop anti-gay clause

The Boy Scouts of America issued a surprise announcement Jan. 28 saying that it was "actively considering" ending its long-time ban on gay members and leaders.

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Nationwide rallies against austerity

Footballs, dodge balls, and pumpkin pie were props used in some of the nationwide actions for fiscal fairness during the National Day of Action sponsored by the AFL-CIO and allies.

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Money out, voters in!

Hundreds of Chicagoans marched and rallied Jan. 19 to protest the "Golden Megaphone of Money" that decision has provided to corporate America.

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Obama outlines comprehensive immigration reform

Speaking in Las Vegas, President Barack Obama outlined his program for comprehensive immigration reform yesterday.

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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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Oil barge crashes, leaks into Mississippi River

Cleanup crews rushed to clean up the mess the following day, and are continuing to skim oily water off the river.

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The woman whose name I carried on a cold winter day

Thousands of people traveled to Washington on Satuday, Jan. 26, for a national March for Gun ControlHere is one marcher's reflections on the day.

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Virginia GOP tries to dilute African-American vote

Senate Republicans took advantage of the absence of Democrat Henry Marsh, a civil rights hero who was attending the ceremony, to pass a huge mid-decade redistricting bill.

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