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Scott Walker Appointees Jack Up Energy Rates on Low-Income Residents

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved changes to the state’s regulation of public utilities that will allow electric providers to nearly double their fixed rates in 2015.

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved changes to the state’s regulation of public utilities that will allow electric providers to nearly double their fixed rates in 2015.

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NY Members of Congress: ‘Miscarriage of Justice’ in No Indictment for Killing of Eric Garner

The killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man who died after being placed in a choke hold by a white NYPD officer, ignited rage and disbelief around the country.

Members of the New York congressional delegation expressed outrage on Wednesday after the news that a grand jury decided to press no charges in the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man who died after being placed in a choke hold by a white NYPD officer.

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Protesters Interrupt House Hearing on Obama’s ‘Executive Overreach’ on Immigration

After opening remarks that claimed Obama had just announced “one of the biggest constitutional power grabs ever by a president” that gave immigrants “gifts” in the form of temporary work authorization and deportation protection, about a dozen protesters stood up to hold signs and tell their stories.

After opening remarks that claimed Obama had just announced “one of the biggest constitutional power grabs ever by a president” that gave immigrants “gifts” in the form of temporary work authorization and deportation protection, about a dozen protesters stood up to hold signs and tell their stories.

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Kansas Program to Drug Test Welfare Applicants Fails to Test Many Applicants

A Kansas program designed to test welfare applicants for drug use—supported by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who is known for boasting over enrollment cuts to the state's program for low-income families—has resulted in only 20 drug tests in the four months since it began.

A Kansas program designed to test welfare applicants for drug use—supported by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who is known for boasting over enrollment cuts to the state’s program for low-income families—has resulted in only 20 drug tests in the four months since it began.

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Chicago Votes to Raise the Minimum Wage to $13 an Hour

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The Chicago City Council on Tuesday approved a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by the middle of 2019. In Chicago and the rest of Illinois, the minimum wage stands at $8.25, a number similar to that of many other states in the country.

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Bill Cosby’s Alleged Assaults Hurt More Than Our Feelings

Media coverage of Bill Cosby's alleged assaults has portrayed the public's affection for him as the major casualty. But we should be focusing on the women who say they were attacked—and on the rape culture that concealed his reported behavior for years.

Media coverage of Bill Cosby’s alleged assaults has portrayed the public’s affection for him as the major casualty. But we should be focusing on the women who say they were attacked—and on the rape culture that concealed his reported behavior for years.

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An Open Letter to Police Officers Who Shoot First

This is an open letter to any police officer who may not understand what I and so many others are fighting for.

This is an open letter to any police officer who may not understand what I and so many others are fighting for.

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Lawsuit: Colorado Business Fired Employee Who Asked to Pump Breast Milk at Work

A lawsuit filed in federal court claims a Colorado business fired an employee rather than accommodate her request to pump breast milk at work.

A lawsuit filed in federal court claims a Colorado business fired an employee rather than accommodate her request to pump breast milk at work.

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Michael Brown Could Have Been My Child

Group prays at the site of destroyed QuickTrip in Ferguson, Missouri, last August.

Like so many other Black mothers, my Thanksgiving day was marred by shadow over the failure of a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson. My feelings Thursday morning were more than just personal grief as a parent, though; they were also my outrage as a reproductive justice activist.

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Bomb Threats, Rap Lyrics, and Teen Chatrooms: When Is Online Speech a ‘True Threat’?

On Monday the Supreme Court struggled with when, and if, threatening statements made online should be constitutionally protected.

On Monday, the Supreme Court struggled with when, and if, threatening statements made online should be constitutionally protected. But it may not be possible to find a middle ground.

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