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About Jeff Hauser

I am the lead for the AFL-CIO’s political media outreach as well as involved in our Immigration Reform effort and other key policy and organizing fights. Committed to social justice from birth (my mother was a member of the United Federation of Teachers/AFT in New York City), I have enjoyed a variety of experiences in the progressive movement. I have worked in roles as varied as attempted trust-busting as a lawyer at the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division to communications work at MoveOn.org, as well serving as executive director of Majority Action and Accountability Now and campaign manager of Shulman for Congress, and as deputy campaign manager of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. A political junkie for life, my first jobs in politics were working for Wes Clark’s 2004 presidential campaign and then serving as political director for the National Jewish Democratic Council until early 2007.

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What's Really Going on with the Economy?

Since the economic collapse in 2008, premature cries of “recovery and mission accomplished” have repeatedly marred understanding of how the economy continues to struggle and under-perform for all but the very richest Americans. This week, the news has been good, but that news is being used by the “usual suspects” to argue for applying the economic brakes when we still have a long way to get back to full employment.

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Low-Wage Villain of the Week: The NCAA

In our new regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. In this series, we're going to look past the usual suspects—for example, while it is true that too often elected officials get in the way of a fair economy, we want to dig deeper.

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Low-Wage Villain of the Week: Steve Forbes

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In our new regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. In this series, we're going to look past the usual suspects—for example, while it is true that too often elected officials get in the way of a fair economy, we want to dig deeper.

This week, we’re focusing attention on the poster child for being born on 3rd base and thinking you hit a triple, Steve Forbes.

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Low-Wage Villain of the Week: Sallie Mae

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In our new regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. In this series, we're going to try to take a look past the usual suspects—for example, too often elected officials get in the way of a fair economy, but we want to dig deeper.

This week, we’re focusing attention on a giant student lender and loan servicer, Sallie Mae. 

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A Mandate, Mr. Speaker? Really?

“Winning” in a democracy is assumed to mean that you won more votes than the other candidate or party. And so, when Speaker John Boehner writes an open letter to the president calling 2012 “a status quo election in which both you and the Republican majority in the House were re-elected,” you might reasonably guess that Republicans in the House of Representatives won more votes than Democrats.

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Debate Preview: The Romney-Ryan China Record

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We expect tonight’s debate will include more fantastical claims from Mitt Romney, and to inoculate you against “Romnesia,” we include some notes on the actual Romney-Ryan record. Despite Romney and Paul Ryan’s history of enthusiasm for outsourcing American jobs to China and elsewhere, they claim they would somehow be “tougher on China” than the Obama administration has been. We want to make sure you know about the real Romney-Ryan record on China before Romney tries to “etch-a-sketch” it away this evening.

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Follow Live Reactions to Mitt Romney's RNC Speech Tonight

Follow at @AFLCIO for live commentary on the RNC.

The AFL-CIO will be offering a live response to the Republican National Convention tonight, as Mitt Romney offers his "vision" for America. Tune in at 10 p.m. for live tweeting and at 11 p.m. for a response on the blog.

You can follow the action on our Twitter account, @AFLCIO or on the Web at www.twitter.com/aflcio.  

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Follow Live Reactions to Paul Ryan's and Mitt Romney's RNC Speeches Tonight and Tomorrow

Follow live reactions to the Republican National Convention tonight and Thursday by following @AFLCIO on Twitter.

The AFL-CIO will be offering live responses to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday and Thursday nights, as Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney offer their "vision" for America. Paul Ryan will be speaking tonight at 10 p.m., and Mitt Romney, Thursday night at 10 p.m.

You can follow the action on our Twitter account, @AFLCIO or on the Web at www.twitter.com/aflcio.   

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You Are Now Entering the Mallory Factor Spin Zone

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After Mallory Factor appeared on "Morning Joe" this morning, Jeff Hauser sends us this report.

What type of person comments on a generation of declining union membership and increasing inequality and blames unions?

What type of person looks back at America’s economy—after decades of deregulation followed by economic bubbles and misery for the 99% of people who work hard for a living—and blames unions?

It takes someone who combines an ear for dishonest public relations spin with a large wallet linked to the continued enrichment of Wall Street tycoons.

Mallory Factor is someone who understands that the banking industry’s bad reputation for destroying the world’s economy requires a diversion, a scapegoat. That he would write a book focusing on blaming unions, rather than his Wall Street peers, is entirely

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Mitt Romney: Out of Touch with Poland's Working Class

Learn more about Mr. 1% at www.aflcio.org/meetromney

Mitt Romney tries to walk the walk of a friend of working people but he certainly doesn’t talk the talk: whether he is attacking the American auto industry or insulting the British workers organizing the Olympics, Romney remains an out-of-touch voice of, by and for the richest 1%.

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