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2014 sees a record number of African Americans running for Congress

A record number of African Americans are running for federal office this year, and unfortunately their advances have been met with increased racial polarization in politics, especially in the Deep South. There are 82 black nominees in the two major political parties running in 2014, according to an analysis by David Bositis. The number surpasses […]

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For third time, Senate GOPs block vote equal pay act

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For a third time, Senate Republicans blocked a vote that would open debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act. The act would hold employers more accountable for wage discrimination against women. 

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Senate extends long-term unemployment benefits

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has reached a deal to extend federal benefits to the chronically unemployed for an additional five months. One negotiator referred to the conclusion as a “bipartisan breakthrough.” 

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Congress cuts food stamps cut by $8.7 billion

Food stamp recipients will lose an average of $90 per month in benefits thanks to an $8.7 billion cut passed by Congress. The Senate voted on Tuesday to send the 2014 Farm Bill, which includes the cut, to President Obama’s desk. 

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Doctors warn Congress of consequences of food stamp cuts

Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could face increases in health bills. The experts say that while the consequence may not be felt immediately, over time the poor will wind up in doctors’ offices and/or hospitals as a result of the cuts. 

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50 years later: a look at the war on poverty

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a formal declaration to end poverty in America. The announcement came during his State of the Union address, and sought out to tackle to roots and consequences of being poor in the U.S.  While some credit Johnson’s war on poverty as a success, many feel that […]

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1.3 million Americans to lose unemployment benefits Dec. 28

On Dec. 28, 1.3 million Americans who have been receiving unemployment benefits will no longer have assistance.  The end to the funds is due to a budget deal proposal by Congress. The deal fails to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program, a key provider in federal funds for those who have reached their limit in […]

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Controversial SB 1342 bill will not be called for a vote!

Organizations, activists and community members across Illinois have protested the controversial SB 1342 bill. The law, proposed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, would impose mandatory minimum sentences in the state. Advocates who oppose the bill argue that the bill unfairly targets minorities, funneling them into an already overpopulated prison system.

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Poll: Majority of America wants to raise minimum wage

The U.S. government hasn’t raised its minimum wage since 2009. Those earning the minimum make $7.25 hr., an income bracket that is sure to keep them in poverty. But according to a new Gallup poll, 58% of self-identified republicans would vote to raise the minimum wage to $9 hr.

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Senate passes bill against LGBT workplace discrimination

Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that seeks to prevent discrimination against gay and transgender employees in the workplace. The Employment Non-discrimination Act now goes to the House of Representatives for approval, but many Republicans have vowed to put a halt to the measure.

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