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Seattle on strike: Fast food labor fight reaches West Coast

05/30/13 11:47AM

Fast food workers in Seattle, Wash., initiated a work stoppage Wednesday night in the first strike of its kind to occur in the American West. Like the strikers in New York, St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee, fast food workers in Seattle are demanding a wage of $15 per hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. read more

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#click3 'Swag ain't what you wear, swag is the mentality'

05/29/13 09:10PM

1. The New York City bike share is now, officially, underway. To celebrate, The New York Times has launched "Bike Share Derby," a race between bikers and non-bikers. Watch to find out who wins. 2.   Legendary newscaster Larry King, formerly of Larry King Live, has decided to come out of retirement and announced his new political show on the RT network. Buzzfeed created a bunch of really funny GIFs to pay homage to the King. Watch the original here: read more

This Jan. 26, 2013 photo shows a a bar code attached to a marijuana plant at a grow house in Denver. The bar codes are assigned to each plant and follow it through the growing and distribution process. Washington state is considering the use of a...

Legalizing recreational pot: Is Colorado ready to roll?

05/29/13 05:01PM

On Tuesday, Colorado Governor (and staunch marijuana legalization opponent), John Hickenlooper, signed 6 landmark bills formalizing the legalization of marijuana in the state.  Last November, voters passed Amendment 64, 55% to 44%, making Colorado first state in the union to legalize (thereby wholly decriminalizing) the recreational use and sale of pot. Colorado adults, 21 years and older, can now enjoy smoking a joint or eating a THC chocolate truffle without paranoia about getting caught. read more

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Congressional Progressive Caucus to launch campaign on behalf of low-wage workers

05/29/13 04:51PM

Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus will soon begin a nationwide tour intended to "highlight the problem of stagnant and low wages for American workers," caucus co-chair Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota told msnbc Wednesday. Dubbed the "Raise Up America" campaign, the tour will officially launch on June 22 at the Netroots Nation conference in San Jose, California. read more

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Chicago school closures: Teachers' union and parents file third lawsuit

05/29/13 04:04PM

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and a group of Chicago parents are asking a circuit court to block the school board from shutting down ten of the city's schools. In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the plaintiffs claim that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) violated its own guidelines by disregarding the recommendations of independent hearing officers who objected to the closures. read more

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question in Manasquan, N.J., Thursday, March 21, 2013, during a town hall meeting. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Chris Christie: Climate change a ‘distraction’

05/29/13 01:10PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was soaking up the revelry around the Jersey Shore’s post-Hurricane Sandy reopening this Memorial Day, ceremoniously cutting a monstrous ribbon and leading President Obama and packs of cameras around the boardwalk. 
 Christie's handling of the superstorm earned him bipartisan praise and record-high popularity, but now almost eight months out since Sandy struck New Jersey's coast, Christie's response to the storm is taking shape on political sides. 
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#click3: Hitler pours my coffee

05/28/13 10:23PM

1. A JC Penny billboard featuring a teapot resembling Adolf Hitler surfaced today. We can categorize this one under #EternallyTooSoon. via imgur 2. Some dude slapped Beyonce's rear. Ugh, gross, and not the most amazing thing on the internet. What is the most amazing thing on the internet is her response: 3. Don't you want to watch the newest installment of: "Developers Gone Wild." Yeah, actually we think you do.  The good folks over at NPR have developed an interactive guide with every gag ever from every episode ever. Enjoy.   read more

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Walmart employees kick off longest strike yet

05/28/13 03:26PM

About 100 Walmart employees from various stores around the country went on strike Tuesday morning, saying they would not return to work until at least June 7, the date of Walmart's annual shareholder meeting. This walkout, though fairly small compared to similar events which occurred in the past six months, is expected to last significantly longer. A Walmart spokesperson called the strike a "publicity stunt." read more

File Photo: Robert Wake (L), an Iraq war veteran suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), talks to physical therapist Nicole Bormann before a session in the VA Medical Center August 10, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. Wake served in the MP ...

Disabled veterans struggle with broken claims system

05/26/13 05:38PM

Service members who were disabled while on active duty are supposed to receive monetary assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). But an increasing number of veterans never receive their disability benefits, or receive them far too late. While the VA has struggled to process claims in a timely fashion for years, the backlog of unprocessed claims has ballooned. read more

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