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Democratic senator: GOP using unemployed people as pawns to make Dems fail

WASHINGTON – A Senate Democrat charged that the chamber’s GOP leader is compelling his colleagues to block the extension of unemployment benefits in an effort to prevent economic recovery and tarnish Democrats ahead of the November elections. “I think there are some Republicans that want to vote for it who…

Obama to GOP: Restore jobless benefits

President Barack Obama will call on Republican lawmakers to stop blocking an extension of unemployment benefits as the Senate prepares to take up the issue again this week. A White House official says Obama will have “strong words” for Republicans when he delivers remarks Monday in the Rose Garden. Obama…

Kilmeade: Maybe expiring unemployment benefits will make people ‘sober up’

Fox guest bashing benefits can’t keep talking points straight Covering the standoff on unemployment benefits, The Huffington Post‘s Arthur Delaney has complained about lawmakers on both sides of the aisle “who suspect the jobless of preferring not to work.” Pundits and guests on Fox News Channel, in particular, have been…

US Fed says economic outlook worse than expected

Facing a worse-than-expected outlook for US growth and unemployment, the Federal Reserve has floated the idea of new measures to spur economic recovery, according to minutes published Wednesday. Details from the Fed’s latest rate-setting meeting, held in June, showed the central bank expected US growth to slow to 3.0-3.5 percent…

Sen. Kyl: $678-billion tax break for rich should not be offset

Sen. Jon Kyl, Republican of Arizona, believes that any extension to unemployment benefits “ought to be paid for.” But when it comes to the $678-billion cost of extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, the senator says no offsetting is necessary. In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace…

Jobless claims rise by largest amount in 3 months ‎

New claims for US unemployment benefits have risen for the first time in five weeks, official data showed Thursday. The Labor Department said initial jobless claims totaled 471,000 in the week ending May 15, up 25,000 or 5.6 percent from the prior week’s revised figure of 446,000. The figure was…

Maddow shows Senator Coburn who’s really ‘acting on emotion’

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow struck back on Thursday against the charge by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that she is “demonizing” him “on the basis of emotion” over his attempts to block an extension of unemployment benefits. In defending himself against his critics on Wednesday, Coburn had singled out Maddow, saying, “Look…

Coburn: Blocking jobless benefits okay because it only affects a ‘relatively small number of people’

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) added potential fuel for Democratic outrage over his block of a one-month extension of federal jobless aid earlier this week.…

March jobs data shows biggest growth in three years

The recession-racked US economy is “beginning to turn the corner,” President Barack Obama said as data showed 162,000 jobs were created in March, the biggest increase in three years. The US Labor Department said Friday that job creation leaped dramatically in March after years of near-continual losses, although the increase…

ABC: Militia members receive government money

The U.S. militia movement sees itself as a bulwark against encroaching government powers — a way to maintain individual liberty in an era of what they see as ever-growing state control over people’s lives. But for at least one of these groups — the 21st Battalion of the LightFoot Militia…

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