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Union leaders hail Obama order raising minimum wage for contract workers

They urged other politicians, notably lawmakers in Congress, to follow his lead and raise the national minimum wage.

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Medicaid fight in Virginia takes off

The new Democratic governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, is pushing hard for Virginia to sign onto the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) Medicaid Expansion Program.

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Hartford rising for Community Bill of Rights

The multi-racial rally, called in the spirit of Dr. King's 1964 poor people's campaign, was held in Hartford's North End, one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the nation. 

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De Blasio takes over in New York

NEW YORK -The frigid weather couldn't keep hundreds of supporters and elected officials from attending the inauguration of New York City's 109th mayor, Bill de Blasio, Jan 1.

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Growing economic divide fuels ire toward Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO - Protesters in San Francisco and West Oakland neighborhoods spotlighted the growing poverty and evictions in the area by targeting the private bus services provided by Silicon Valley tech companies to transport their employees to and from work.

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1.3 million jobless could go over the cliff Dec. 28

"I was once the main breadwinner but now we are not really able to make ends meet."

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"Let us work," say government workers

It's hurting our communities, said demonstrators in downtown Detroit protesting the tea party led government shutdown.

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Death of an adjunct

Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor of French for 25 years, died underpaid and underappreciated at age 83.

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A rising tide lifts only yachts?

Letting wealth concentrate "at the very top," President Obama said, has been both "morally wrong" and "bad economics."

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Sequester sends San Jose, Calif., rents through roof

Some 17,000 tenants on the Federal Section 8 housing program in Santa Clara County recently received rent hikes of 10 percent or more. The area has very nearly the highest housing cost of any place in the country.

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