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Prosecutors: Indiana man threatened Boehner via email over jobless benefits

By Mary Wisniewski (Reuters) – An unemployed Indiana man was charged on Friday with making death threats against House Speaker John Boehner because the House did not vote to extend unemployment insurance, federal prosecutors said. Brandon Thompson, 32, of New Castle could face five years in prison if convicted of…

New claims for U.S. unemployment insurance fell last week

New claims for US unemployment insurance fell last week, according to government data released on Thursday that pointed to the slowly recovering jobs market. First-time jobless claims fell to 326,000 in the week ending January 11, from the prior week’s downwardly revised figure of 328,000, the Labor Department said. Last…

Rep. Jan Schakowsky: House Republicans stole your Christmas

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) blasted House Republicans on Tuesday as they planned to kill the Senate compromise bill to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance. If the payroll tax cut and employment insurance is not extended, 160 million Americans will see their taxes go up by $1000 in…

Long-term jobless set to lose safety net

WASHINGTON — Instead of brimming with holiday cheer, millions of the long-term unemployed across the United States are anxiously watching to see if the new year brings an end to their jobless benefits. The US government’s long-term unemployment insurance benefits expire at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve…

Gingrich: ‘I don’t want to pay people 99 weeks to do nothing’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich asserted Monday that workers who lose their jobs were being paid by the government for “99 weeks to do nothing.” Speaking to about 200 employees at Insight Technology, a defense contractor in New Hampshire, the former U.S. House Speaker called for funds workers pay into…

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