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Surrounded by family and supporters, New York City Council speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn, center, laughs while speaking to the media as she announces her mayoral run in New York, Sunday, March 10, 2013. (Photo by Seth Wenig/AP)

New York's mayoral candidates praise 'stop-and-frisk' ruling

08/12/13 08:32PM

When Judge Shira Scheindlin declared the "stop-and-frisk" policing tactic unconstitutional on Monday, she did so only four weeks before primary day for New York City's hotly contested mayoral race. Within a matter of hours, the major Democratic candidates had all released statements applauding the judicial ruling. read more

All In agenda: Becoming 'smarter' on crime

08/12/13 06:20PM

Monday night on All In: Big news in criminal justice. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday afternoon he is pushing for major changes to make the U.S. justice system "both smarter and tougher on crime." Charges that carry inflexible mandatory minimum sentences will no longer be brought against non-violent drug offenders who have no ties to gangs or larger organizations. read more

On $8.00 an hour, it's hard to enjoy even simple things like Christmas

08/12/13 04:43PM

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy My name is Shenita Simon. I live in Brownsville in Brooklyn, N.Y.,  with my husband and three daughters, who are 9, 5, and 5 months old. I work at KFC in Brooklyn, where I started out earning $7.25 per hour. After four months at KFC, I was promoted to shift supervisor and made $7.75 per hour, and only recently got a $0.25 "raise" that was promised to me. It's not enough to support us. I work hard to provide for my family. In 2012, my overtime hours were routinely paid in the following week's check as regular hours. read more

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Tell us your story at #maximumwage

08/12/13 03:08PM

Across the country, working Americans are struggling. Millions are working one or multiple part-time jobs because they couldn't find full-time work. Millions more are making just barely above minimum wage, or working long hours without overtime pay. Wages have stagnated for the past four decades, and even plummeted compared to productivity. Meanwhile, inequality has skyrocketed. read more

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