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Voters of Color are in Demand in 2014

Voters of Color are in Demand in 2014

BOSTON (AP) — With control of the House and Senate up for grabs, Democrats are looking to minority voters — especially Black voters who heavily supported President Barack Obama — to turn out and help them forestall a Republican takeover of Congress this November. Democrats are pushing hard and early to encourage Black and Hispanic [...]
All Immigrants in Colo. Get ‘Legitimacy’ – Driver’s LicensesDENVER (AP) — Colorado will begin issuing driver’s licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws. Now, thousands of immigrants are waiting to get cards they hope will add a degree of legitimacy [...]
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Obama Expands Labor Rights in Federal ContractsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers. In an election-year dare to Republicans, Obama said congressional obstinacy would only [...]
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House Skips Votes on Immigration Crisis, DeportationsWASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down sufficient conservative support. The surprise move, coming on Congress’ final day of action ahead of a five-week summer recess, was an embarrassing setback for Speaker John Boehner and his [...]
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McDonald’s Could be Liable for Franchise ConditionsNEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants. The National Labor Relations Board said Tuesday that the world’s biggest hamburger chain could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights at franchise-owned restaurants. The decision is pivotal because it could expose McDonald’s [...]
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Work Permits for the Undocumented? It’s an OptionWASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials are making plans to act before November’s mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration. Such a large-scale [...]
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House Neglects Poor Families in Child Tax Credit BillWASHINGTON (AP) — More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are [...]
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Fast-Food Workers: ‘Whatever it Takes’ for a Living WageVILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience. More than 1,300 workers gathered in a convention in center in suburban Chicago to discuss the future of [...]
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Early Release Idea Approved for Federal InmatesWASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted on July 18 that would dramatically reduce the nation’s prison population over time. The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which earlier this year voted to substantially lower recommended sentences for drug-dealing felons, [...]
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Mentors to Join Boys of Color InitiativeWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, with educators, star athletes, companies and foundations announcing partnerships to help minority boys in conjunction with his “My Brother’s Keeper” program. Obama, who first announced his initiative in February, said Monday [...]
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