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Immigration Activists to Obama: Time for Unilateral Action

Immigration Activists to Obama: Time for Unilateral Action

WASHINGTON (AP) — Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the emotions building within the [...]
Elections 2014: Obama, GOP Vie for Support From WomenWASHINGTON (AP) — After months on the defensive over his health care law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading to an election-year competition with Republicans for support from women.  No single group will be more important to Democrats’ fortunes, White House advisers say, than unmarried women, who [...]
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Family Dollar to Close Stores, Cites Low Consumer DemandNEW YORK (AP) — Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers. Family Dollar said April 10 that it will cut jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores, as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also permanently lower prices on about 1,000 basic [...]
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A New America: More Higher- and Lower-Paying JobsWASHINGTON (AP) — A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity. Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the painful realization that they’re no longer part of [...]
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Obama: ID Requirements Put Voting Rights in JeopardyNEW YORK (AP) — In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions of Black Americans and other minorities. “The stark, simple truth is this: The right to [...]
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Obama on Civil Rights Act: Progress but Still Same DebateAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had “lived out the promise” envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which Johnson signed into law, Obama [...]
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LAUSD to Spend $837M to Help Low-Income StudentsLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District has tentatively agreed to provide millions of dollars in added staff and other resources to 37 underperforming schools to settle a lawsuit brought by the teachers union. District officials are expected to spend $837 million to help disadvantaged students and improve schools, the Los Angeles [...]
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Obama Takes Aim at Gender Pay on Equal Pay DayWASHINGTON (AP) — In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women’s wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday that would make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace compensation. He seasoned his move with a sharp rebuke of Republicans whom he accused of “gumming up the works” on [...]
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After Senate Approval, Aid for 2M Jobless Workers in DoubtWASHINGTON (AP) — Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to more than 2 million victims of the Great Recession.  “As many Americans continue to struggle without benefits, we respectfully [...]
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Underemployment Rates for Blacks, Latinos Remain HighWASHINGTON (AP) — African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with Whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says. The annual report, called “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America,” [...]
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