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Congress OK's Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

We are pleased to report that both chambers of Congress have overwhelmingly passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This bipartisan legislation reauthorizes the federal Workforce Investment Act, which includes a number of critical workforce and education/training programs serving adults, youths and dislocated workers. The legislation now goes to the president for his signature.

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Autocam Doesn’t Want to Follow the Law, But Will Happily Take Tax Handouts

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News from Progress Michigan
July 11, 2014
Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org
Autocam Doesn’t Want to Follow the Law, But Will Happily Take Tax Handouts
Progress Michigan calls for lawmakers to take action to deny tax handouts to companies that fight basic health care coverage for female employees

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New report confirms AACF findings on school discipline

The Office of Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas shared a new report on school discipline with the State Board of Education this morning. The report's findings are similar to those found by AACF last year. Almost three times as many non-white students (10.2 percent) received out-of-school suspension as did white students (just 3.6 percent). It leads one to ask why non-white students are suspended at such a disproportionate rate.   

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Sue Pohler-Crony of the Week

The deck is full of revolving door conflicts.  This card is unique in that she was the head of the department that doles out the contracts before she started her firm.  Sue Pohler has been a Republican standard bearer since her days in the Young Republicans and continues to this day as a Franklin County […]

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Ten takeaways from this week’s voting rights hearing

Ari Berman at The Nation reports on some of what he saw and learned after spending the week at the voting rights hearing in Winston-Salem,  alongside the unsinkable Rosanell Eaton. From a list of ten points he makes, here’s number one: 1. The law disproportionately burdens African-American voters The plaintiffs, including DOJ, the ACLU and ...

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Do something about the immigration crisis, billionaires tell Congress

There’s plenty to read about the heartbreaking crisis at the border and what should be done about it. Here’s a few of today’s highlights. Money talks:  Three billionaires who don’t often find themselves on the same side of issues – Bill Gates, Sheldon Adelson and Warren Buffett – take on the do-nothing Congress in this must-read ...

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An FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tracked Me Down Because I Took a Picture of This

This is a statement from one of the plaintiffs speaking at Thursday's press conference announcing the ACLU's lawsuit challenging the government's controversial Suspicious Activity Reporting program.

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Quote of the Day 7/11/2014

“They may have experienced abuse and other threats to their safety. They may have been trafficked or smuggled in. To allow images of their faces would compromise their safety and privacy.”
- Jesus Garcia, special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary for external affairs at the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, explaining why reporters touring Fort Sill are forbidden from videoing, photographing, or interacting with the children (Source: http://bit.ly/1ooJeUl)

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Budget negotiations cancelled – members try again Monday

Optimists hoping for a budget resolution heading into the weekend had those hopes dashed on Friday, as House negotiators cancelled a scheduled public meeting. Senators had already announced they weren’t going to show up. Adding to the tension, Governor Pat McCrory vowed to veto the Senate’s budget plan on Thursday as he lined-up behind a ...

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You Heard the Court, Gov. Brewer: Give the DREAMers Their Licenses

Until now, thousands of young Arizonans have been prevented from getting jobs, going to school, or even attending to sick children – all thanks to Gov. Jan Brewer's ban on granting them driver's licenses.

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