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Senators Agree To Compromise Extending Jobless Benefits

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 4:00am

Negotiators in the Senate reached a bi-partisan deal to extend unemployment benefits for 5 months, retroactive to the end of last year.

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Senators Reach Deal Extending Jobless Benefits

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:36am

Bipartisan Senate bargainers ended a standoff and struck a compromise renewing expired jobless benefits for five months for more than 2 million Americans who have been out of work the longest.

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States' Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 5:53pm

Congress planned to shave $8.6 billion from the food stamps program by closing a loophole that would cut benefits to 850,000 people. But it left states an out to avoid the cuts. Many are taking it.

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Will Democrats Change Their Health Law Message After Florida?

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:42pm

The Democrats' "fix it, don't nix" it message on the Affordable Care Act obviously didn't lead to victory in the Florida special election. But it doesn't look like they'll be changing their approach.

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Where Does The U.S. Stand On Secessionist Movements Abroad?

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:00pm

In an upcoming referendum, Crimean voters will decide whether to declare independence from Ukraine. Jonathan Paquin has studied U.S. stances on breakaway groups, and he explains what to watch for.

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New Climate For Drug Sentencing, Guidelines Expected To Change

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 2:32pm

The issue of drug sentencing reform has been getting historic traction in recent months, crossing ideological lines. Attorney General Eric Holder backed the "All Drugs Minus Two" proposal Thursday.

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Obama: If You 'Work More, You Should Get Paid More'

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 1:47pm

Announcing he intends to change the rules governing overtime, President Obama said Americans have "spent too much time working more and making less."

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What's Holding Up Ukraine Aid Bill In Congress? Anger Over IRS

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:18pm

Republicans say that to get the measure passed new IRS rules that make it harder for tax-exempt groups to veer into politics must be dealt with.

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Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew Dies At 85

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:28am

Askew implemented a five percent corporate tax and pushed for ethics-in-government laws such as the "Sunshine Amendment" mandating financial disclosure by public officials.

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Overtime Pay Proposal Triggers A New Debate About Wages

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 7:49am

Economists are divided about the White House plan to boost overtime pay for workers. Some say the change would spur consumer demand, while others see a coming downward spiral for job creation.

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Senate Committee To Consider Fischer For Fed's No. 2 Spot

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 4:00am

Stanley Fischer, President Obama's choice to be the Federal Reserve's vice chairman, is on Capitol Hill Thursday for a confirmation hearing .

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Obama To Push Expanded Overtime Pay

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama is asking the Labor Department to update the rules governing overtime. The goal is to require millions of additional workers to be paid overtime — an idea business opposes.

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Republican Candidate Heats Up Colorado's U.S. Senate Race

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 4:00am

Colorado's Senate race is heating up with the entry of a well-regarded Republican challenger. Colorado is also the model for Democratic voter mobilization efforts in battleground states nationwide.

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Aid Package For Ukraine Moves Slowly Through Congress

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 4:00am

Democrats and Republicans generally agree that Congress needs to approve an aid package quickly. But it's proven harder than expected for everyone to agree on what should be in that aid package.

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Senate Panel Clears Ukraine Aid Package

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:54pm

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the bill, which now goes to the full Senate for a vote. The House has its own version.

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Menendez On Crimea: The Question Of Sanctions And Sending Aid

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:00pm

Sen. Robert Menendez is proposing a bill to send aid to Ukraine and mete out sanctions against Russia. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee discusses his bill and his recent op-ed.

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Obama Rolls Out White House Welcome Mat For Ukrainian Prime Minister

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:00pm

Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is visiting the White House Wednesday. The meeting comes days before a vote in Crimea over whether to secede from Ukraine.

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President Obama Moves To Expand Overtime Pay

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama is asking the Labor Department to begin a rule-making process to expand the number of workers who are eligible for overtime pay. It's part of his effort to address income inequality.

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Obama's Big Move On Overtime Pay Keyed To Swing, Base Voters

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:11pm

The administration's plan to increase the number of American workers eligible for mandatory overtime pay is seen as part of a strategy to stress income inequality.

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Reports: Obama Will Move To Expand Overtime Pay

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 8:29am

The president is expected to tell the Labor Department to change the rules about who is eligible. Critics say that might backfire. Proponents say it would narrow income inequality.

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