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Raising minimum wage could cost half-million jobs by 2016

Raising minimum wage could cost half-million jobs by 2016

A report by Congress’ nonpartisan budget analysts seems to have thrown Democrats onto the defensive after it concluded that the party’s drive to boost the federal minimum wage could cost a half-million jobs by 2016. A Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday concluded that a gradual increase to $10.10 hourly by that year — which […]

Washington approves college grants for illegal aliens

Washington approves college grants for illegal aliens

Washington state lawmakers have voted to make students brought to the United States illegally by their parents eligible for need-based college financial aid. Passage of the measure, which supporters have labeled the Dream Act after failed U.S. legislation of 2010, marks a victory for immigrant-rights advocates and a shift within the state Republican party, whose […]

‘Virtual fence’ to block illegal immigrants proposed in Arizona

‘Virtual fence’ to block illegal immigrants proposed in Arizona

Arizona could spend $30 million to construct a “virtual fence” to ensure the federal government is securing the U.S.-Mexico border from drug smugglers and illegal immigrants under a measure that has narrowly advanced in the state legislature. State Senator Bob Worsley has proposed putting 300 watch towers, complete with the latest technology, to put what […]

More weak data for America’s troubled economy

More weak data for America’s troubled economy

U.S. homebuilder confidence suffered its largest one-month drop ever in February, heightening concerns that recent signs of weakness in the economy reflect deeper problems than the severe weather that has gripped much of the country. The National Association of Home Builders said on Tuesday its Housing Market Index plunged by 10 points to 46 in […]

Chelsea Clinton praises ‘incredible progress’ on gay rights

Chelsea Clinton praises ‘incredible progress’ on gay rights

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Sunday that the gay-rights cause made “incredible progress” on political and legal fronts in 2013, but progress should not be mistaken for success. Clinton called lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues “the unfinished business of the 21st century” in an address at a national conference in Las Vegas where […]

An unusual result from Iowa’s ‘bi-partisan’ abortion law

An unusual result from Iowa’s ‘bi-partisan’ abortion law

While many states passed sweeping abortion laws last year, the Iowa General Assembly endorsed just one — a perplexing measure befitting one of the few legislatures under divided control. The GOP-led House and the Democratic-controlled Senate, in a compromise, put Gov. Terry Branstad in charge of signing off on any payments for publicly funded abortions. […]

Yegads! NSA abuses unite liberals and tea party

Yegads! NSA abuses unite liberals and tea party

Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their “socialistic, Marxist, communist” ways. Toni Lewis suspects tea party Republicans are “a bunch of people who probably need some mental health treatment.” Politically speaking, the tea-party supporter in rural North Carolina and the Massachusetts liberal live a world apart. Who or what could […]