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The Battle of the Boardroom

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 4:41 PM

"Corporations are people, my friend."

It was the gaffe heard around the world. The crowd grew hostile. Challenges were issued. But presidential hopeful Mitt Romney stuck to his guns, responding, "Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?"

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Let's Get Women Out of the Red

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 6:03 PM

Workers are under attack and women are bearing the brunt of it when it comes to pay. Who's to blame? Corporate-backed politicians typified by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Last week, in the dead of night, Walker signed a piece of legislation that rolls back progress...

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Mitt Romney and the 1%

(60) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 1:37 PM

Mitt Romney has released some information on his income taxes over the past two years. Turns out he's paid less than 14 percent on more than $40 million in income. He makes more in one day than most American makes all year, yet he pays a tax rate...

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Gagging Workers Is Un-American

(32) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 3:14 PM

As the world watched the people of Egypt take to the streets in an effort to exercise their rights and have their voices heard, here at home in the USA, plans are being put into place to silence workers, lower their wages, cut their benefits and increase the likelihood that...

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Stop the Lies

(2) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 11:27 AM

Near the end of the now-classic film Chinatown, set in Los Angeles during the 1930s, working-stiff private detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) confronts the greedy land developer Noah Cross (John Huston) about his sinister, murderous behavior:

Gittes: I just wanna know what you're worth. More than 10...

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Pre-Thanksgiving GOP Vote: Disgusting

(51) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 5:15 PM

The U.S. Commerce Department reports today that corporate profits are at a record high, at a time when corporations are sitting on $1.8 trillion in cash reserves. At the same time, 15 million Americans are still looking for work.

Two years after the financial collapse...

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Voters Want a Recovery That Works for Everyone

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 4:04 PM

Angry voters sent a clear message on Tuesday: Much, much more must be done to put America back to work. But voters rejected right-wing and Tea Party candidates who argued that government should do nothing to improve the economy or protect working families during the worst economic crisis since the...

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What's at Stake Tuesday

(5) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 5:25 PM

The conventional wisdom in Washington right now is that the Republicans are about to take back the House, and possibly the Senate. That would be awful news for every American who believes that government should protect the interests of American working families rather than international corporate interests. And it is...

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The GOP's Bizarre and Cynical "Pledge to America"

(12) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 3:54 PM

One can only marvel at the extreme cynicism evident in the Republican Party's bizarre 21-page "Pledge to America." The document is only the tip of the iceberg and masks the real agenda of Republican leaders. That agenda remains what it has been for the past generation: transferring more of the...

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Call Your Senators Today to Protect a Million Jobs

(4) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 10:11 AM

Earlier this year, Democrats in the Senate tried three times to pass legislation that would help states deal with growing Medicaid rolls, the joint federal-state health care program for the poor. Each effort has failed in the face of united Republican obstructionism. Earlier this month, the Washington Post...

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More Jobs = Less Debt

(17) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 6:19 PM

In the worst economy since the Great Depression, far too many Americans are out of work. Despite the rising fears of more job losses, the Senate is refusing to do what is necessary to protect and create jobs. On Thursday, the Senate failed to break a Republican filibuster of the...

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The Assault on Public Employees

(31) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 5:03 PM

For more than a generation, America's working families have been under a constant assault from the CEO's and extraordinarily wealthy members of our society. While median incomes in the U.S. have stagnated since the mid-1970's, incomes for those in the top five percent have more than doubled. Since the beginning...

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It's Time to Hold Wall Street Accountable

(13) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 4:47 PM

Almost two years have passed since the taxpayers of America gave the titans of Wall Street more than $700 billion to keep the world's economic system from plunging into another world-wide Great Depression. Yet, the big banks, the Wall Street investment houses, the hedge funds and the CEOs...

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Cows on the Track

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 2:51 PM

Michael Steele, the hapless chairman of the Republican National Committee, was asked a while back by Fox News how he would stop health care reform. "I will be the cow on the track," he answered. Steele believed that President Obama's historic effort to end the ongoing abuses of the insurance...

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This Is the Week

(2) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 12:30 PM

This is the week we've been waiting for.

This is the week when Democrats in Congress can prove that it is still possible for our political institutions to stand with the American people in a time of crisis.

This is the week when we will tell...

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Help for Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 1:01 PM

As news traveled around the world that a major earthquake had struck Haiti, so many of us bowed our heads in sorrow. There is no appropriate way to measure its impact on that already-impoverished country. We can only watch in horror as emergency teams pull bodies from destroyed buildings and...

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Finish Reform Right - Don't Tax Health Benefits

(3) Comments | Posted January 8, 2010 | 8:23 PM

Working families are struggling with the high cost of health care, yet the health care bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Christmas Eve would tax their health care benefits. That's a terrible mistake. Unfortunately, even some progressive leaders, like my friend Sen. John Kerry, have been taken in by...

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Standing for Meaningful Health Reform

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2009 | 5:56 PM

The Senate Finance Committee is getting ready to debate a health care bill that does not come close to meeting the needs of America's working families. Nor does it meet the standards President Obama laid out in his address last week to Congress. There is no employer mandate, no public...

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A Message for Labor Day

(4) Comments | Posted September 4, 2009 | 12:40 PM

On Labor Day 2009, we honor the tremendous contributions and sacrifices of workers who built this great nation. We must never forget that workers organized, marched, went on strike, and even gave their lives in the struggles that resulted in the 40-hour workweek, safe working conditions, secure retirement benefits and...

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The Death of a Friend

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 2:50 PM

In nearly 47 years spent serving the American people, Ted Kennedy never stepped away from a fight, never stopped being a champion of the middle class, never ceased being a friend to labor and working families. From civil rights to health care, right until the end, he was our strongest...

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