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Chicago grassroots to mayoral candidates: we want a people's agenda

CHICAGO - What are the most urgent issues this city's next mayor must address? That question was mulled by over 2,000 grassroots community activists Dec. 14 in a political style convention.

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White House makes final push for DREAM Act

The Obama administration stepped up its campaign to overcome a possible Republican filibuster of the DREAM Act.

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Are immigrants good for America?

According to demographers, city planners and others, in order to replace an aging workforce, the U.S. desperately needs more immigrants, and they need access to quality education.

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Interfaith rally pushes public option forward in Connecticut

A large interfaith rally Dec. 14 demaned implementation of a state public option that would bring residents the full benefit of national health care.

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Surprise! Republican judge rules against health care law

A federal judge in Virginia  ruled that one part of President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law is unconstitutional, which comes after two other federal judges ruled it was constitutional, setting up an eventual showdown in the Supreme Court.

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Tax cut deal: “A tremendous sacrifice” says Solis

"Right now we've made a tremendous sacrifice," Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said. "There's no pleasure in us giving the high income tax bracket these cuts."

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Lawmakers: Time has come to end "Don't ask, don't tell"

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., say they plan to introduce a standalone bill in the House this week to reverse the controversial policy that bans openly gay service members.

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After Sanders filibuster, tax deal passes and moves to House

WASHINGTON-- Capitol Hill resounded with angry denunciations of the Republican right for holding "hostage" unemployment benefits for millions of jobless workers to force through tax giveaways for billionaires.

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Thousands of Georgia inmates stage peaceful strike

Thousands of inmates in at least seven prisons across the state of Georgia staged a one-day peaceful protest in the form of a strike for their human rights, Dec. 9. The action is aimed at the Georgia Department of Corrections and is being called the biggest prisoner strike in recent U.S. history.

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Protests continue over FBI raids, new subpoenas of peace activists

CHICAGO - Alarmed by the blatant fishing expedition and government intimidation of antiwar activists, more than 100 protesters held an emergency picket line at the Dirksen Federal Building here on Dec. 6.

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