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Wisconsin voter ID bill slammed as vote suppression

State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt called it "an attempt to block the recall of unpopular GOP senators and to suppress turnout among constituencies who may tend to vote Democratic."

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Unemployment insurance under attack

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and in a number of states are out to kill, or at least cripple, unemployment insurance.

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Chicago protesters swamp Ryan over Medicare attack

CHICAGO - Hundreds of demonstrators chanting "Hands off our Medicare!" filled the block while GOP Rep. Paul Ryan was inside addressing the Economics Club, trying to sell his budget proposal.

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New Florida election rules would disenfranchise many

In Florida, a state that only a few decades ago was officially segregated, some people think this possible disenfranchisement is no accident.

Oil CEOs to Congress: Don't blame us!

As public anger over high fuel prices and record oil company profits erupted across the nation, the major oil giants told lawmakers here that it's all beyond their control.

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The return of the DREAM Act

Democrats in Washington announced the re-introduction of the DREAM Act, a bill that would grant legal status to children of undocumented immigrants if they attend college for two years or join the military.

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Wisconsin Republicans fast-track right-wing bills as elections loom

Opponents of Gov. Scott Walker and Republican attempts to shred union and democratic rights in Wisconsin have filed enough signatures to hold recall elections for six Republican state senators.

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Obama puts immigration reform back on table

El Paso Mayor John Cook praised the president's speech as "right on," and added that a comprehensive approach beyond just enforcement makes most sense.

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New legislation weaponizes Texas classrooms

The Texas Senate approved, in a 19 to 12 vote, a bill to allow the carrying of concealed handguns on public college campuses.

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Power surge: Record number of Latinos voted in 2010

A recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center reported that a million more Latinos voted in 2010 than did so in the 2006 midterm election.

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