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GOP attempts to defund, block Obamacare

Republicans in Congress are continuing to try everything possible to obstruct, delay or outright prevent the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare.

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Health care may be problem in House immigration bill

Getting an immigration bill out of the House may be harder than the Senate, mostly because the Republican tea partiers dominate there, and according to media reports, a major stumbling block may be access to health care.

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Texas plant blast explainable, not excusable

The plant's owner apparently didn't disclose the dangers there, and the government agencies responsible for protecting the area also failed. Profoundly.

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Massive twister ravages Oklahoma town

The people of Moore cannot be expected to merely pick up where they left off; rebuilding and recovering will cost money that few of them are likely to have in this largely working-class community.

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Sit-in caps push for Texas Medicaid expansion (audio)

Time is running out in this year's legislative session, but that hasn't stopped statewide activists from pushing for Medicaid and health care policy changes.

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NY City Council passes family leave

By a 45-3 margin, the NYC Council on May 8 passed a bill mandating paid sick or family leave for millions of workers in thousands of businesses. The margin can override any threatened mayoral veto.

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Report: Food on American tables costs a life a day

The food on your dining table comes at a particularly high price, and we don't mean in dollars and cents; we mean in lives.

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Tar sands refinery expanding just south of Chicago

A Chicago Earth Day rally protested construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the threat tar sands oil poses to freshwater, air and climate. It was one of scores of actions held across the country.

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Texas fertilizer plant failed to heed disclosure rules

The tragic April 17 explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas was, in part, a product of a severe lack of accountability and oversight by its company, West Fertilizer.

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Thousands in Ohio demand Medicaid expansion

Enduring a cold, constant rain, the large crowd roared after each speaker; "Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, health care works!"

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