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President Barack Obama nominates Janet Yellen to be the next Federal Reserve Chair

His­to­ry was made today at the White House when Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma announced that he has decid­ed to for­mal­ly nom­i­nate Janet Yellen as the next chair­per­son of the Board of Gov­er­nors of the Fed­er­al Reserve Sys­tem. Yellen, who cur­rent­ly serves as vice chair of the board, would be (if con­firmed) the first woman and the […]

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Let’s not forget: House Republicans forced this federal government shutdown to happen

We are almost through Day One of the first major shut­down of the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment in sev­en­teen years, and sad­ly, it still appears that House Repub­li­cans are unwill­ing and unready to do their jobs. They could have eas­i­ly avert­ed the shut­down days ago by sim­ply pass­ing the con­tin­u­ing bud­get res­o­lu­tion the Sen­ate sent them, and […]

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Republicans shamelessly block Patty Murray’s veterans jobs bill in U.S. Senate

As if we need­ed fur­ther proof that Repub­li­cans aren’t inter­est­ed in help­ing cre­ate jobs and strength­en­ing eco­nom­ic secu­ri­ty for Amer­i­cans, the Noto­ri­ous G.O.P (which stands for Grave­yard of Progress these days) has blocked Sen­a­tor Pat­ty Mur­ray’s vet­er­ans jobs bill from com­ing up for a vote in the U.S. Sen­ate, effec­tive­ly killing it for the year: Eager […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Litigation, Policy Topics

Teamsters, UFCW file legal challenge seeking to have Costco’s I‑1183 overturned

Two unions that rep­re­sent work­ing fam­i­lies who would be adverse­ly harmed by the imple­men­ta­tion of Cost­co’s Ini­tia­tive 1183 filed suit today in King Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court seek­ing to have the mea­sure strick­en in its entire­ty as uncon­sti­tu­tion­al. Team­sters Local 174 and UFCW Local 21 con­tend that I‑1183 vio­lates Arti­cle II, § 19 of Wash­ing­ton’s Con­sti­tu­tion, which […]

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Unemployment falls to lowest level in two and a half years, Department of Labor says

The Bureau of Labor Sta­tis­tics today released a report sum­ma­riz­ing the state of the econ­o­my for the just end­ed month of Novem­ber. Turns out our nation’s unem­ploy­ment rate has gone down. Here’s Bloomberg with more details: Job gains in the U.S. picked up last month and the unem­ploy­ment rate unex­pect­ed­ly fell to the low­est level […]

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Right wing economic liberty myths simply don’t square with reality

Part of our work here at the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute is to pro­vide you, our read­ers, and fel­low pro­gres­sive activists with infor­ma­tion that can be used to counter the talk­ing points lies, half-truths, and decep­tion par­rot­ed by con­ser­v­a­tive talk radio hosts, talk­ing heads and polit­i­cal oper­a­tives. Here are two cas­es where the truth is entirely […]