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Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Budget office: Wage hike would lift pay, cost jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 […]

02/18/2014

Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reflecting Americans’ increasing acceptance of gays, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Gay rights advocates hailed the bipartisan, 64-32 vote […]

11/07/2013

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Gay rights legislation gains bipartisan support

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gay rights advocates from both parties are newly upbeat about the prospects for Senate passage of legislation that would bar employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or […]

11/02/2013

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NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll on Obamacare

Vice President Joe Biden called it a “big f-ing deal.” But three-and-a-half years after the President signed the Affordable Care Act into law, and just two weeks away from the open enrollment for the new […]

09/17/2013

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, center, gets ready to speak at the family leadership summit in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)

Summer burst in Iowa belies little 2016 groundwork

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Potential presidential candidates’ recent burst of summertime Iowa visits belies this reality: No one has started to do the serious spadework of preparing for a 2016 White House run in […]

08/19/2013

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the South Carolina Democratic parties Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Columbia, SC. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

Biden keeps his name in the game for 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden may run for president in 2016, or he may not. But he wants you to know he could. Iowa. New Hampshire, South Carolina. Michigan. Three years out from the next […]

08/12/2013

Student loans

Back to negotiations after student loan plan fails

WASHINGTON (AP) — The defeat of a student loan bill in the Senate on Wednesday clears the way for fresh negotiations to restore lower rates, but lawmakers are racing the clock before millions of students […]

07/10/2013

school nutrition

Rules would make school snacks healthier

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.

02/01/2013

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