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One hundred percent of newly elected Republican Senators have agreed to vote to eliminate the food stamps program including; Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).

Congress is nearing a vote on arguably the biggest change to private pension law in decades.

The proposed reforms would grant sweeping new authority to the trustees of some “deeply troubled” multi-employer pension plans to slash benefits promised to current retirees—something that’s illegal under existing law. A cornerstone of some collective bargaining agreements, multi-employer plans cover more than 10 million workersmostly in construction but also in the transportation, manufacturing, retail and service sectors

WASHINGTON -- A Republican state legislator in Wisconsin said Tuesday that he planned to introduce a right-to-work bill. The legislation could be the next episode in the state's ongoing struggle over union worker rights, which triggered massive protests against Gov. Scott Walker (R) three years ago.

State Rep. Chris Kapenga told The Associated Press that he hadn't yet set a date for when he would bring the bill forward in the legislature, but said he believed right-to-work legislation would help the state's economic growth.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that will decide whether many women must choose between having a job and having a family — or, at least, whether these women must put their jobs and their income on hold during their pregnancy.

Low-income workers in Seattle are getting another economic boost. Five months after the local government became the first in the country to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15—making it the highest in the country—the Federal government's Small Business Administration has funded a local business support group to help train disadvantaged Seattle workers to develop worker cooperatives and home-based or cottage businesses.

Retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target are requiring their staff to report on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving -- a time of grace and family sharing -- will start with an extra-graceful act from the White House this year.

Below is an op-ed from the #Not1More Campaign’s lead organizer, Marisa Franco.

I woke up yesterday with an organizing hangover.

Don’t know what that is? I didn’t either! And no, it definitely did not come from raucous celebration.

How is it that something that could feel so BIG, yet at the same time feel heartbreakingly NOT ENOUGH. When the litmus test of the President’s decision is whether or not you, a loved one, friend or colleague is included, it is bittersweet to say the least.

A battle raged among allies, publicly and behind the scenes, to shift focus from a legislative overhaul strategy to making the idea of executive action inevitable. This is how it happened.            

President Obama’s executive actions to give legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants have been framed as a president choosing to be confrontational and daring. But the real story is different: Obama was forced to do this.

The path to the executive actions didn’t start in Washington — it started at a rec center in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Chris Wyatt, a mortgage servicing executive of 20 years turned homeowners’ advocate, says he’s seen many homeowners run ragged on Ocwen’s modification roller coaster.

Three labor leaders walked into a bar. Okay, it wasn’t a bar. It was a slightly stuffy faculty club at the University of Chicago. Three union leaders were invited to the university’s Quadrangle Club by David Axelrod, a former top campaign and White House advisor to President Barack Obama. Aiming to expand students’ political education by exposing them to seasoned practitioners, Axelrod founded the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago after he left Washington.

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