The Case For Making Federal Contract Jobs Good Jobs

President Obama could sign an executive order today that would help halt wage theft and place over 20 million Americans on a pathway to the middle class, according to a report by the think tank Demos.
Derek Pugh
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New Warren Bill Addresses Student Debt “Emergency”

Student loan debt is now approaching $2 trillion – talk about a bubble waiting to burst. "It doesn't have to be this way," Sen. Elizabeth Warren says as she introduces the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act.
Derek Pugh
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High Stakes In The Senate Student Debt Fight

Inaction on Congress’ part in tackling college affordability and other issues young adults care about has led many to distance themselves from the political process altogether, with only 23 percent certain to vote this November.
Derek Pugh
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Republicans Want to Enslave My Generation

Since the 1970’s, Republicans championed policies that cheated my parents’ generation out of the American dream. Republicans are now intent using the same broken policies to enslave the next generation of Americans—the millennials.
Derek Pugh
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House Democrats Attack “Fantasy Land” Ryan Budget

“This budget chooses to protect tax breaks and special interests at the expense of education, kids, the social safety net, and seniors,” said ranking Budget Committee member Chris Van Hollen.
Derek Pugh
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Warning To Democrats: Millennials Belong To No One

Young adults hold liberal views on social issues but are increasingly reluctant to identify with either party. To win them, Democrats must differentiate themselves in their devotion to improving young peoples' lives.
Derek Pugh
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How To Neutralize The Wall Street Zombies

A star on the hit "The Walking Dead" and four other film stars collaborate with director David Yates on a short film that takes viewers into a future in which a financial transaction tax is a reality.
Derek Pugh
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Minimum Wage Executive Order A Win for 500,000 Workers

The new executive order will raise the wages of contract workers who are currently being paid less than $10.10 an hour. This victory is a testament to workers who took the risk and went on strike again and again for higher wages.
Derek Pugh
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GOP Rebranding Derails: Out Of Step With the American Majority

Republicans in Congress started off the new year by telling the majority of the country it can’t have what it wants. Their vote against extending long-term unemployment insurance was just the first blow to their brand.
Derek Pugh
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Pledge to Tell Congress: End The Sequester

Sign a promise to join the Campaign for America’s Future and eight other groups representing millions of Americans in a campaign to get rid of the sequester on December 12.
Derek Pugh
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Fast Food With A Side Of Poverty, And What It Costs Us

Low-wage jobs in the fast-food sector are costing American taxpayers nearly $7 billion every year. More than half of fast-food workers must rely on programs like food stamps and Medicaid to make ends meet.
Derek Pugh
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The 10 Farm Subsidy Recipients Who Voted To Cut Food Stamps

Thursday’s vote to cut food stamps embodies what House conservatives are all about: giving billions away in corporate welfare to the richest with taxpayer dollars. They are also about helping themselves.
Derek Pugh
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Don’t Believe the College Rankings Hype

Don’t be fooled by the U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings. With the usual suspects taking the lead, like Harvard and Yale, you may be asking yourself why the rankings are so disingenuous.
Derek Pugh
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Conservative Obstruction Crippling Two Key Watchdogs

Though the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened shop almost three years ago, it has yet to be fully functional because of the financial industry lobby and its allies in Congress. […]
Derek Pugh
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Work That Needs Doing: Fixing Our Aging Bridges

Every day, Americans take more than 260 million trips over structurally deficient bridges to visit friends and family, pick up their children from school, and go to work, according to […]
Derek Pugh
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Sinking American Electorate: Millenials Losing Faith in Obama

Democrats may be in trouble during the 2014 midterm elections. Amid political controversies, an anemic economy and high unemployment, President Obama’s approval rating dropped eight percentage points in a single month.
Derek Pugh
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Conference Calls For Bold Approaches To The Jobs Emergency

Down with the deficit rhetoric; it’s time for a bold approach that addresses our true crisis: a stagnant economy coupled with high unemployment. On Tuesday, progressives gathered at the Roosevelt […]
Derek Pugh
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Underwater Homeowners Demand Justice from Justice (Video)

On Monday afternoon 27 people were arrested in front of the Department of Justice protesting the government's limp response to the mortgage crisis. Arrestees included activists from faith, progressive and labor organizations.
Derek Pugh
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On Earth Day, U.S. Is Behind In The Clean Energy Race

The Pew Charitable Trust’s fourth annual report on “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?” doesn’t give the United States much to celebrate on this Earth Day. The report, released last […]
Derek Pugh
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On Earth Day, U.S. Is Behind In The Clean Energy Race

The Pew Charitable Trust’s fourth annual report on “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?” doesn’t give the United States much to celebrate on this Earth Day. The report, released last […]
Derek Pugh
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A Middle-Class Anthem: Good-Paying Green Jobs

“Tell me I’m your national anthem.” That was the theme of the hundreds of environmentalists and labor union members gathered today at the BlueGreen Alliance’s annual conference in Washington. They […]
Derek Pugh
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A Middle-Class Anthem: Good-Paying Green Jobs

“Tell me I’m your national anthem.” That was the theme of the hundreds of environmentalists and labor union members gathered today at the BlueGreen Alliance’s annual conference in Washington. They […]
Derek Pugh
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The Sinking American Electorate: Young And In Peril

Millennials – the largest, best educated, and most diverse generation in our nation’s history – have one question for Democrats seeking election in 2014: Do your values really reflect ours? […]
Derek Pugh
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Day Of Action Against The Sequester (Video)

Campaign for America’s Future, the AFL-CIO, and more than 60 national organizations today had one simple message for Congress: Repeal the sequester. Over 300,000 activists joined forces for a national […]
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