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Fight over Social Security is on

The 112th Congress is barely under way and a fight has already broken out - on partisan lines, of course - over Social Security and Medicare.

Filibuster curbs defeated

A campaign backed by organized labor, to curb the power of Senate minorities to halt virtually every piece of legislation by filibustering, went down in flames in the tradition-bound chamber on Jan. 27.


Push to regulate firearms gains steam

The intern who rushed to aid Rep. Gabriel Giffords, D-Ariz., after during the Jan. 8 Arizona shootings, traveled to New York today to offer his assistance to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which has ramped up activities aimed at keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals and the mentally imbalance.

Coalition urges filibuster reforms in new Senate session

 A coalition of progressive organizations, Fix the Senate Now, is calling for filibuster reform.


Finally: aid to 9/11 heroes approved after GOP yields

The GOP finally relented and allowed 9/11 first responders funding for health care and other needs - but only after nine years and an intense grassroots campaign.


Activists rally for jobs and benefits in Chicago

Dozens braved the cold here Dec. 3, to rally at Federal Plaza urging U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and his GOP colleagues in Washington to extend unemployment benefits for millions nationwide and fund programs that create jobs.


GOP push millionaire tax break, cut off of unemployment

Republicans want to extend Bush-era tax cuts for the rich, but they won't commit to extending unemployment compensation for millions of workers at risk of losing their benefits at the height of the holiday season.


Ariz. tea party candidate: No government regulation of salmonella

In Arizona, Republican candidate Jesse Kelley, for the U.S. House in the 8th District, has come out strongly in favor of salmonella outbreaks. He, like many Republicans denying the obvious need for better enforcement of health and food safety regulations, almost incredibly, espoused what amounts to "E-Coli conservatism" at a campaign rally hosted by the Pima County Tea Party Patriots.


Big biz dollars bankroll tea party racism

A report released by the NAACP documents tea party groups giving "platforms to anti-Semites, racists and bigots" and cites efforts within the tea party to recruit members for white nationalist organizations.


Texans kick off early voting

 "Don't be a goat, early vote!" was the slogan on handheld signs at a voter rally on the first day of early voting in Texas.

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