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FBI rules changes provoke Senate inquiry

The FBI plans to issue new rules broadening the discretion of its 14,000 field agents over matters of individual privacy.

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High Court to women Wal-Mart workers: You’re on your own!

The lawsuit, had it been allowed to proceed as a class action, could have involved up to 1.6 million women, with Wal-Mart facing billions of dollars in damages.

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Supreme Court lets anti-immigrant law stand

By a 5-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Arizona's first anti-immigrant law is legal.

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Must pension funds prove losses before they can sue?

Must public pension funds prove they lost money before they can sue as a class against the corporations involved? That's the problem the Supreme Court wrestled with, in a case that pitted a non-profit foundation against former GOP Vice President Dick Cheney's old company, Halliburton.

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Black lawmakers fight for immigrant rights

Despite the GOP's nationwide push for anti-immigrant laws, Black Democratic lawmakers are denouncing such measures and say their communities support the struggle for immigrant rights.

Green energy bill signed into law

California became No. 1 in the nation in its commitment to renewable energy after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires all electricity retailers to get at least 33 percent of their electricity from clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal, by 2020.

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Campaign targets tax breaks for rich investors

The richest Americans receive the special privilege of having half of their income taxed at a much lower rate than the vast majority of working families.

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Miami protests anti-immigrant bills

Opponents say if Republicans get their way on immigration in Florida, social, civil and even economic life in Miami and around the state could be severely disrupted.

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Illinois House moves to abolish death penalty

CHICAGO - In a landmark vote Jan. 6, the Illinois House passed a measure to abolish the death penalty in the state.

Coalition urges filibuster reforms in new Senate session

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

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