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President Barack Obama speaks at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md., Monday, April 7, 2014, about the economy and to announce the winners of a competition he launched last fall to bring together educators and employers to redesign the high school experience to give students access to real-world career skills and college-level courses. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama signs actions taking aim at gender pay gap

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women’s wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday that would make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace […]

04/08/2014

In this Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, right, speaks while College Athletes Players Association President Ramogi Huma listens during a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

College athletes can unionize, federal agency says

CHICAGO (AP) — In a stunning ruling that could revolutionize college sports, a federal agency said Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation’s first union of college athletes. The decision by […]

03/26/2014

Labor Secretary nominee Thomas Perez testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on his nomination. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Senate clears hurdle for Labor secretary nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted by the slimmest margin Wednesday to end a filibuster against President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Labor Department, as this week’s agreement averting a poisonous partisan clash over […]

07/17/2013

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Obama welcomes Senate deal on nominations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has welcomed a Senate agreement that dislodges long-stalled administration nominees. Obama says his choices for administration posts have, in his words, “waited far too long for a vote.” Obama […]

07/16/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks at the center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Filibuster fight: Senators scrapping over nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A showdown looming, Republicans and Democrats struggled without success Monday night in marathon, closed-door talks to resolve the fate of several of President Barack Obama’s stalled appointees, a dispute that threatened what […]

07/15/2013

Harry Reid

Reid: GOP can avoid rules change if they confirm 7

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Republicans must confirm at least seven presidential appointees they’ve been blocking if they want to avoid a controversial change in Senate rules as early […]

07/15/2013

The U.S. Supreme Court building. (AP Photo)

High court to hear Obama recess appointments case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday waded into a major constitutional clash between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans that could fundamentally limit a president’s use of recess appointments to fill high-level administration posts. […]

06/24/2013

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Tough laws, reduced ranks — what next for unions?

From a sprawling United Auto Workers hall outside Detroit, John Zimmick has seen factories close and grown men cry when their jobs disappear. Through all the economic uncertainties of life in auto country, there has […]

03/24/2013

Richard Cordray

GOP senators vow to block consumer office nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Renewing a 3-year-old fight over bank oversight, Senate Republicans will oppose President Obama’s nominee for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unless the office created after the ’08 Wall Street financial meltdown is significantly changed.

02/01/2013

President Barack Obama

Court: Obama appointments are unconstitutional

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an embarrassing setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making certain recess appointments.

01/25/2013

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