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Sen. Udall explains anti-Citizens United amendment

Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico said Thursday that a constitutional amendment was necessary give Congress and the states the authority to legislate on campaign finance reform. He and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 decision…

Bernie Sanders: Republicans doing nothing to create jobs

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Thursday it was “absurd” that Republicans claimed they were trying to create jobs. “They’re doing nothing to create jobs,” he told MSNBC’s Al Sharpton. “They’re obstructing every single effort out there.” Senate Republicans and two members of the Democratic caucus killed the Rebuild America Act…

Poll: Americans favor protections for transgender people

A recent survey found that approximately 9 out of 10 Americans, including strong majorities of all religious, believe that transgender people deserve the same rights and protections as other Americans. The survey (PDF) of more than 2,000 adults was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in August and September. “Three…

Extreme poverty rises in U.S.: study

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans living in extreme poverty has grown by more than one-third over the past decade, the Brookings Institution said in a study out Thursday. Over the past decade, the number of US residents living below the federal poverty line — defined in 2010 as having…

Republicans render Federal Election Commission ‘useless’

Republican commissioners who don’t want to enforce campaign finance law have made Federal Election Commission a useless agency, according to the advocacy group Public Citizen. Adding fuel to the fire, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a report on Thursday that claims the Republican commissioners have been…

Anxiety over upcoming test of U.S. emergency system

WASHINGTON — It’s only a test, but nerves are somewhat frayed over the first nationwide exercise of the system designed to alert Americans of national emergencies. The test occurs at 1900 GMT Wednesday, November 9, and may last over three minutes — longer than the typical 30 seconds or one…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protestors flood into court

NEW YORK — Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York shifted their fight from the streets to the court Thursday, when dozens of people arrested while marching rejected a deal for them to avoid trial. The first batch of 78 protesters from among hundreds arrested for disorder over the last…

Protesters occupy Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office

Interview conducted by David Edwards About 20 unemployed and underemployed D.C. residents occupied the office of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY) on Thursday, pledging to remain until the senator met with them about the Rebuild America Act. An organizer for the group Our D.C., James Adams, told Raw Story that…

Rep. Tom Price: House passed ‘God’ resolution to remind Obama

A member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus insisted on Thursday that House Republicans were forced to pass a resolution reaffirming that “In God We Trust” is the national motto as a reminder to President Barack Obama. “This was a priority because the president himself had stated that the motto of…

Port of Oakland begins to re-open after protests

Operations at one of the busiest US ports “partially resumed” Thursday, a day after they were closed down following anti-Wall Street protests, officials said. The Port of Oakland said staff were returning to work after the docks, the fourth biggest in the United States by cargo volume according to its…

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