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Let's Choose Children Over the Charter Industry | Commentary

Our children are too precious, and education funding too scarce, to risk turning either over to unscrupulous or incompetent organizations. Thatís why charter schools were originally supposed to be something akin to a small, controlled experiment: public school laboratories intended to encourage new ways to educate students. That way, if something turned out not to work, the risk to students, educators and communities could be contained.

A Lesson in Fairness From My Mother | Commentary

When I consider issues in Washington, I regularly call on the wisdom and advice my mother gave Carl, my sister and me over the years. She taught us of hard work and persistence, she taught us of the sacrifices that mothers make for children and for our country, and she taught us of fairness.

We Rise and Fall Together: America Needs a Raise After the Defeat of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act | Commentary

Last week, members of Congress had the opportunity to show their commitment to the millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet and to create a prosperous future for all America. Congress had the chance to raise the incomes of 28 million Americans and help millions of families lift themselves out of poverty by voting to pass the Minimum Wage Fairness Act. They chose instead to kill the legislation.

America Still Lags, But Hunger for Education Attainment Grows | Commentary

As the global demand for postsecondary skills continues to rise, America finds itself in a challenging position. Postsecondary attainment is increasing nicely here at home, but our improvements are anemic compared to the pace of attainment around the world. New data tells the story, and it points to a much needed wake-up call for Congress and the White House,state policymakers, higher education officials, employers, civic leaders and more.

Medical Spending Surges With Health Law Sign-Ups

Health care spending surged 9.9 percent during the first quarter of 2014 as people who gained insurance coverage under the health care law apparently began using more medical services, the government said today.

WGDB: Reid: Koch Brothers Aren't Interested In Unemployment Extension, Minimum Wage

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

218: Boehner Talks Jobs, Economy in GOP's Weekly Address

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An Honesty Gap in the Pay Gap Debate | Commentary

President Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress have begun rallying this month to a long-suffering legislative solution to gender pay inequities, cocksure that Republican opposition to the measure will weaken the ascendant rabble-rousers ahead of the November midterms.

218: White House, Perez Continue Unemployment Extension Push (Updated)

Perez is Labor secretary. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

WGDB: Reid, Heller Still Hope for House Action on Unemployment Extension

Heller (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

218: Pelosi: Republican Inaction on Unemployment Extension 'Immoral'

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Link Pro-Jobs Policies to a Responsible Extension of Unemployment Benefits | Commentary

Too many Americans are still struggling to find work in dismal job markets across this country. The unemployment rate remains unacceptably high at 6.7 percent and the number of Americans participating in the labor force has now dropped to levels not seen since the Carter Administration.

Unemployment Extension Deal May Hinge on Job Training Compromise

A potential agreement on a long-stalled House GOP proposal to streamline federal job training programs is emerging as a possible linchpin for a deal on a five-month extension of expired unemployment benefits.

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On Trade, Obama Faces a Tough Political Dance

In pursuing its lofty international trade agenda, the Obama administration has been courting labor unions, long the strongest supporters of the president but also perhaps the strongest skeptics of expanded free trade.

GOP Wants More, or Less, From Obama on Trade

Congressional Republicans who support the administrationís free-trade agenda are pleading for President Barack Obama to make the issue a top priority.

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GOP Considers Advancing Unemployment Extension With Jobs, Tax Provisions

House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas and other senior Republicans are pushing proposals to tie the extension of emergency unemployment insurance to jobs measures and the extension of some tax breaks in an attempt to bring the plan to the House floor.

Enough Is Enough: It's Time for a $10.10 Minimum Wage | Commentary

In an era of intense partisanship and frequent political gridlock, achieving social change sometimes requires finding a middle ground position that marks meaningful progress in advancing an important end.

Restoring Unemployment Insurance & Bipartisanship | Commentary

Millions of Americans are struggling to find work, and this week, the United States Senate finally voted 59-38 to pass a bipartisan bill to provide them some targeted, temporary relief.

Charter Schools: We Want to Break Through the Partisan Gridlock | Commentary

As strong advocates for parental school choice, we were pleased that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was open to learning about the tremendous opportunities that charter schools can offer students and families. His decision to allow continued access to high-quality charter school options will ensure that the best curriculum, programs and school performance guide where parents enroll their children in school, not their ZIP code.

Some House Republicans Press for Vote on Unemployment Extension

The bipartisan five-month unemployment insurance extension pending in the Senate appears to be driving a wedge between segments of the House Republican Conference.

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