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The Sisters Are Back in Town

Look out Washington, D.C., the Koch Sisters are back in town!

We are so excited to be back in our nation's capital and continuing in our fight to stand up for working families across the country. Our pocketbooks may not be stuffed with billions of dollars, but we're determined to make our voices heard. From protecting Social Security and Medicare to ensuring equal pay for women, we're bringing the issues that most Americans care about to the center of the debate.

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Good News for All Americans in Social Security, Medicare Reports

Photo via the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

The annual reports from the Social Security and Medicare Trustees released today “have good news for all Americans,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Social Security and Medicare will be there for us and our families if elected leaders listen to the American people and reject calls to cut benefits. Instead of undermining these crucial programs, we must build on their success and adopt measures to strengthen and expand them.

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6 Ways Pew Research is Encouraging a Generational War Over Social Security and Medicare

Matthew Yglesias points to a new piece from the Pew Research Center that, it seems, was written to spur a nonexistent (according to its own data) generational battle over Social Security and Medicare. Look, we understand it is difficult to write explanatory text to go along with the pretty sophisticated research included in the article, but the text you write should have at least some connection to that research. Pew failed to meet that standard.

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9 Reasons Why We're Giving a 'Thumbs Down' to the Ryan Budget

Liz Lemon, 30 Rock

House Republican leaders passed Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget this week by a vote of 219 to 205, with no Democrats voting in favor. The Ryan budget is chock full of so many terrible ideas that it’s hard to single out the biggest stinkers, but here goes.

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Ryan Budget: Same Stuff, Different Year (Yawn)

Ryan Budget: Same Stuff, Different Year (Yawn)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released the Republican budget plan today that can be described best by the famous quote from baseball philosopher Yogi Berra, “Déjà vu all over again.” Yep, it’s the same old tired—uh, we’ll call it stuff—Ryan and the Republicans have been trying to peddle for years.

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'Too Damn High': Why We Spend So Much on Health Care

Photo via Robin Hood Tax USA/National Nurses United

We spend a lot of money on health care in the United States. In fact, Americans pay far more for health care per person than any of the other 33 OECD countries—$2,800 higher than the next closest country and two-and-a-half times the OECD average

Is this investment paying off? Not really. 

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Obama Budget ‘Good Starting Point’ to Address Income Inequality

President Barack Obama today unveiled his fiscal year 2015 budget, which he says is “about choices, it’s about our values.” Making a down payment on his State of the Union address message that economic inequality is the greatest challenge of our time, he says:

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A Touch of Irony: Anti-Debt Group Saddled with Red Ink

My Mom always said you shouldn’t take joy in other people’s misfortune. But sorry, Mom, I am getting a little kick out of the reported financial misfortune of a group boasting bloodlines that trace back to the “Grand Bargainers” Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles.

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The 13 Most Popular AFL-CIO Now Blog Posts of 2013

Justin Timberlake Photo via Wikimedia Commons

In case you missed some, here are the 13 most popular (highest traffic) blog posts on the AFL-CIO Now blog this year. 

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Hey, Congress, Cut It Out

Hey, Congress, Cut It Out

We need a budget that helps, not hurts, working people, protects Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from benefit cuts, invests in our infrastructure and creates jobs by raising revenue from Wall Street and the wealthiest 1%. Repealing tax subsidies for sending jobs overseas, for example, would generate $583 billion over 10 years.

Take the pledge to call your elected representatives on Dec. 12 and demand a budget deal for working families.

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