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Obama to tea party: “Make my day!”

The media are covering Washington's latest fiscal crisis basically as a spectacle-the way local news now covers traffic accidents, crime scenes, and big storms.

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For Latinos, recession takes its toll

As millions nationwide remain unemployed and struggle to stay afloat in the most punishing recession since the Great Depression, civil rights and labor leaders note Latinos and communities of color continue to suffer the most in the country's current economic crisis.

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Chicago activists rally for jobs not cuts

Dozens of unemployed activists and supporters rallied here at Federal Plaza August 5 urging Congress to enact a massive federal jobs program and not to cut badly needed social entitlement programs.

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Is snail mail on its last legs?

The United States Postal Service has announced that it will examine 3,700 post offices for the possibility of closure.

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Retired, but fighting: ARA stands up for Social Security (video)

Barbara Easterling, president of the 4-million-member Alliance for Retired Americans, tells it like it is about Social Security and the budget crisis.

Pick up the phone today

It's toll-free: today and tomorrow, July 14 and 15, call 1-866-251-4044 and voice your opposition to any plans to cut Social Security.

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Hands off Social Security movement ignites

Lawmakers and groups representing 50 million Americans held a press conference here today demanding that Social Security cuts be taken off the deficit reduction table.

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Big business greed "holds Illinois hostage"

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group made $951 million in profits on $3 billion in income in 2010. But that's not enough, they are threatening to move out of Illinois unless they get a tax break.

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Ending wars, creating jobs, top mayors' agenda

More than a dozen  mayors are sponsoring a resolution to end the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and use the savings to pay for job-creating programs in the nation's cities.

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Firefighters, nurses, farmers turn up heat in Walkerville

Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold led 1,000 firefighters, nurses, farmers and a motorcade of taxi cabs and an antique fire engine, in a demonstration that encircled Capitol Square.

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