Fast-track controversial trade bill – Congress strikes a deal

Before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the trade pact Thursday: Senator Robert Menendez, seated at table, and standing from left, Senators Benjamin L. Cardin of Maryland and Ron Wyden of Oregon; Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew; and Michael Froman, the United States trade representative.

Congress strikes deal to fast-track controversial trade bill | MSNBC >by: Associated Press |04/16/15 04:17 PM—Updated 04/16/15 09:14 PM | Noteworthy Re-Post: 04/19/2015 3:03:19 AM | WASHINGTON (AP) – Top congressional lawmakers struck a long-sought, bipartisan agreement Thursday for the broadest trade policy pact in years, allowing President Barack Obama to negotiate trade accords for Congress’ review and move forward with talks on a sweeping partnership with Pacific nations. Obama […]

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An ‘unfortunate political stunt’

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks on the Democratic budget during a news conference on Capitol Hill

An ‘unfortunate political stunt’ gets thrown out of court | MSNBC | >by: Steve Benen| 04/15/15 03:56 PM | Noteworthy Re-Post: 04/18/2015 7:20:56 AM | In January 2014, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) was so eager to demonstrate his opposition to the Affordable Care Act that he filed a deeply strange lawsuit against “Obamacare”: he wanted to make coverage more expensive for people who work on Capitol Hill. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Republican […]

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Rethinking the Social Security strategy by Democrats

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, visited Iowa last month, promoting expanded benefits.

Democrats Rethink Social Security Strategy – WSJ Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, visited Iowa last month, promoting expanded benefits. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News >by: Laura Meckler | 04/05/2015 5:40 PM ET| Noteworthy Re-Post 04/12/2015 3:13:53 AM | For years, liberal Democrats have fought against proposals to cut Social Security benefits. Now, they’re pushing the party not just to defend benefits but to increase them, and that could present a problem […]

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How “Religious Liberty” is the blueprint for slavery throughout history

The UN International Day of Remembrance of Slavery Victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

How ‘religious liberty’ has been used to justify racism, sexism and slavery throughout history – Rawstory Using religion to deny people rights is an old routine that harms both the church and the state. by: Zaid Jilani, AlterNet | 04/08/2015 at 11:32 PM | Noteworthy Re-Post 04/11/2015 5:05:54 AM | There has been an enormous backlash from Indiana’s decision to enact a law that would allow businesses to discriminate if they invoke […]

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Democrats, introduce bill to expand voting rights including online registration

PresidentPresident Obama and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga

Cedric Richmond, 170 other Democrats, introduce bill to expand voting rights including online registration >by: Bruce Alpert  Sunday, 03/22/2015 | NOLA.com | Note Worthy Re-Post 04/04/2015 9:00:30 AM Over 170 House Democrats, including Cedric Richmond of New Orleans, introduced new voting rights legislation Thursday (March 19) that would allow people to register to vote online and via the telephone. The bill also would make it unlawful to hinder, interfere, or prevent another […]

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