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JAN 21, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Iowa Sen. Ernst promises GOP focus on Americans' concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Republican Congress understands Americans' suffering from the economy, health care system and Washington gridlock and will steer the country away from President Barack Obama's failed policies, a newly minted GOP senator is promising. Making calls for bipartisanship with a flexing of GOP muscle, freshman Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, called on Obama Tuesday night to cooperate ...

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JAN 19, 2015 - Huffington Post

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Democrats Urge Obama To 'Be Bold' On Overtime Pay Expansion

WASHINGTON -- Concerned the White House may bend to Republicans and business groups, House Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to "make the bold choice" and aggressively expand overtime pay for the nation's salaried workers, according to a letter from lawmakers viewed by The Huffington Post. Last year, Obama directed the Labor Department to revise the rules governing overtime in ...

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JAN 15, 2015 - Real Clear Politics

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Obama's Next Foray: Paid Sick Leave

Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPoliticsTed Kennedy is gone and IowaÂ’s Tom Harkin retired from the Senate last year, but in their absence, President Obama on Thursday plans to echo their advocacy for paid sick leave, championed by Democratic stalwarts in Congress and by organized labor over many decades.Previewing an element of his State of the Union address, the president will gather a ...

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JAN 13, 2015 - Huffington Post

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How Democrats Could Get Outflanked On The Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON -- At a recent conference meeting, Senate Democrats eager to see the federal minimum wage increased from $7.25 an hour were presented with a proposal. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) suggested that Democrats could offer a trade to their Republican colleagues: In exchange for agreeing to legislation authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, Heitkamp said, Democrats could demand ...

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