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Rep. Keith Ellison: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters ‘absolutely right’

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Chair of the Progressive Caucus, said he supported the growing “Occupy” demonstrations and would be “more than happy” to advance their agenda. “It’s not really leaderless, it just has a lot of leaders,” he told The UpTake in an interview. “People are sick of…

Progressive Democrats press Obama on jobs

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from the left-flank of President Barack Obama’s Democratic party pressed him Thursday to combat high unemployment with “large-scale programs” including infrastructure spending. “With 14 million Americans still looking for work, this is not the time to tinker around the edges. We must take bold action,” Democratic Representatives…

Progressive caucus splits on Libya, abandons joint resolution opposing intervention

WASHINGTON – Soon after President Barack Obama declared last Friday that the U.S. would wage a military intervention in Libya, members of the 75-strong House Progressive Caucus began quietly discussing how to oppose the effort with maximum impact. By the weekend, when the first U.S. missiles struck Libya, a full…

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