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  • House moves to honor Monuments Men, Jack Nicklaus, Shimon Peres

    House moves to honor Monuments Men, Jack Nicklaus, Shimon Peres
    Golfer Jack Nicklaus, Israeli President Shimon Peres and the Monuments Men whose story was depicted in the recent George Clooney movie would be among the latest recipients of Congress' highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, under...
  • An awful idea: Hammer the disabled to pay for unemployment benefits

    An awful idea: Hammer the disabled to pay for unemployment benefits
    It would take the pen of Jonathan Swift* to fully describe Congress' willingness to beat up on the least fortunate members of society to protect the richest. The latest example is a plan to pay for a one-year extension of unemployment insurance by cutting...
  • Yes, a minimum wage boost will reduce poverty. Here's the evidence.

    Yes, a minimum wage boost will reduce poverty. Here's the evidence.
    The push is on in Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, and so too is the conservative counterattack.  In the vanguard of the pushback is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who dismisses the minimum wage as a "stale" weapon in the war on...
  • Labor nominee Perez faces sharp questions from GOP senators

    Labor nominee Perez faces sharp questions from GOP senators
    Thomas E. Perez, the former Maryland labor secretary nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, faced pointed questions at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday about whether politics influenced his decisions as the top civil rights attorney in...
  • Egg war? California law sparks tensions, threats in farm bill talks

    Egg war? California law sparks tensions, threats in farm bill talks
    WASHINGTON -- California’s egg law has emerged as a contentious issue in congressional negotiations over a farm bill. The Humane Society has funded a $100,000 ad campaign to defeat federal legislation that would prevent California from requiring...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Expand Social Security!

    We've been making the case for years that the proper approach to Social Security is to expand it -- increase benefits and bring more people into its embrace, including college-age survivors of deceased workers. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has now made...
  • Why Woodrow Wilson hated the filibuster -- and why it still makes no sense today

     Why Woodrow Wilson hated the filibuster -- and why it still makes no sense today
    Senators have long considered any change to filibuster rules to be "the nuclear option." But the recent action by Democrats to limit the use of filibusters in blocking most presidential nominations didn't go nearly far enough. Now is the time to get rid...
  • Perez vote delayed as confirmation fight intensifies

    Perez vote delayed as confirmation fight intensifies
    WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee vote on Labor Secretary nominee Tom Perez was postponed hours before it was set to take place Wednesday, highlighting what appears to be a growing partisan fight over the confirmation of the former Maryland official. ...
  • Labor official brings minimum-wage push to Baltimore

    Labor official brings minimum-wage push to Baltimore
    The fight over the federal minimum wage is coming to Baltimore. The head of the U.S. Department of Labor plans to swing into town Tuesday to talk to low-wage workers about how they make — or don't make — ends meet. Seth D. Harris, the agency'...
  • LGBT discrimination bill moves forward in Senate on key vote

    LGBT discrimination bill moves forward in Senate on key vote
    The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would ban hiring and employment discrimination against LGBT individuals, will proceed in the Senate after 61 senators voted for a cloture motion that will lead to a final vote on the bill. Maryland...
  • Gay rights bill clears key hurdle in Senate

    WASHINGTON — The gay rights movement won at least a preliminary victory Monday as the Senate voted to advance a measure that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The 61-30 procedural vote does not...