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Senate begins health reform debate, women plan protest

As the Senate opened debate on health reform, the women's equality movement scheduled a "Day of Action" on Capitol Hill for Wednesday Dec. 2.

Paid sick days called key to slowing swine flu

Unions, family advocates and health professionals are pressing Congress to pass emergency paid sick days legislation so workers can stay home if they get sick.

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Republicans try to block Senate health care debate

Health care advocates say the priority now is pressing senators to stand up to the insurance industry's stalling tactic.

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ACORN sues U.S. gov’t over ban on funds

"The problem for us is, this month it's ACORN, next month it's the NAACP, the month after that it's the ACLU," civil liberties attorney Bill Quigley said, explaining why the Center for Constituional Rights has filed a lawsuit on behalf of ACORN.

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Activists say ‘thanks’ for health care reform

Video: In Dallas, activists from MoveOn, Organizing for America, Jobs with Justice and the Progressive Center of Texas poured into the offices of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson to thank her for voting for health care reform.

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Elections yield both good news and bad

The early news was not good for liberals and progressives, but it got better as the night wore on.

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Tide turns on health care reform

The announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the public option will reach the Senate floor was greeted by labor and other leaders as proof that the tide has turned in favor of health care reform.

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War for oil? T. Boone Pickens thinks so

U.S. companies are entitled to Iraq's oil, oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens told a congressional committee Oct. 21.

Death Row inmate Troy Davis denied opportunity to prove innocence

Congressional leaders and civil rights groups are calling for intervention in the case of Troy Davis, who currently sits on death row in Georgia for a murder he may not have committed.

Congress to cap interest rates on consumer loans

Congress is considering passing a bill that will cap interest rates on consumer loans at 36 percent to prevent lenders from taking advantage of people who rely on these kinds of loans to meet basic needs or to cover unexpected expenses, like car repairs or vital medical procedures, many of whom are minorities and low-income people.

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