That Box Your Cable Company Forces You to Rent

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By Amy Kroin, Free Press If you’re a pay-TV subscriber you’re probably shelling out hundreds of dollars a year for that little box your cable company forces you to rent. Without that box, you can’t watch Jane the Virgin, Silicon Valley, 24-hour news channels or whatever programming you’re...
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New Overtime Rules Are a Victory for 6.4 Million Women

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By Julie Vogtman, National Women’s Law Center Big news from the Department of Labor: final regulations released this week will ensure that millions more working people across the country are eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay when they work over 40 hours per week. Under the rules...
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Differences Between EPI and DOL Estimates of Workers Affected by Overtime Threshold

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By Ross Eisenbrey and Lawrence Mishel, Economic Policy Institute In our report on the new overtime rule, EPI estimates that it will directly benefit 12.5 million workers. At first blush, our evaluation of the impact of the rule differs significantly from the widely circulated Department of...
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Hard-Fought Battle Over Added Sugar Labeling at the FDA

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By Pallavi Phartiyal, Union of Concerned Scientists At the Partnership for a Healthier America summit this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the Food and Drug Administration’s newest rule. Two years in the making, the final rule will require, among other changes, inclusion of ...
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The Tide is Turning Against Offshore Drilling

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By Erik Grafe, Earthjustice Last week, more than 88,000 gallons of oil leaked from a ruptured pipeline at one of Shell’s offshore oil fields, creating a 13-mile slick in the Gulf of Mexico that resembled a deep purple bruise. The incident was a painful reminder of the risks of offshore...
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Overtime Rule Will Give Millions an Overdue Raise

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By Omar Tewfik, AFSCME Thanks to a new rule issued this week by the Obama administration, roughly 12.5 million working Americans are very close to receiving a long overdue and much deserved raise. The administration’s overtime rule, which becomes effective December 1, more than doubles the...
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Steinzor in The Environmental Forum: Vital to Prosecute Corporate Bad Actors

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By Brian Gumm, Center for Progressive Reform With the congressional majority continuing to gut enforcement budgets, forcing federal environmental and workplace safety agencies to cut staff, criminal prosecution of corporate bad actors is more important than ever. That’s the thrust of...
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Demanding Federal Protection for Monarchs on Endangered Species Day

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By Larissa Walker, Center for Food Safety Today is Endangered Species Day – a day when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and other government agencies “recognize the national conservation effort to protect our nation’s endangered species and their habitats.” This year, we’re...
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