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Our economy should work for us.

You wouldn't know it by looking at your bank account, but our GDP growth rate was 2.8% in the third quarter of 2013.  That's much higher than the long-term rate of 2%, but average Americans won't see any benefit from better growth.

The "Largest Corporate Power Grab You've Never Heard Of."

Many Americans oppose NAFTA and other trade deals, but they haven't even heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison describes the TPP as the “largest corporate power grab you've never heard of.”  Despite 19 rounds of negotiations that started all the way back in 2005, many of the details of the TPP still remain secret, even to members of Congress.  

Honor our veterans with peace.

Veterans Day is about honoring our service men and women, for the patriotic duty of putting their lives on the line to protect and serve our nation.  But, one of the most important historical points about this day has been forgotten.  Originally, Veterans Day was known as Armistice Day, and it commemorated the end of the First World War.

Lawsuit alleges insurance companies are at fault for cancellations.

Millions of insurance policies are being canceled across the nation, and while companies are blaming Obamacare – it appears that plain old greed is the real reason. Consumers in California say that their insurance company caused their cancellations, to jack up their premiums under the ACA.

Is the CIA bribing AT&T to spy on foreign citizens?

The Central Intelligence Agency has been bribing AT&T to help them spy on international communications.  According to a new report in the New York Times, the CIA has been paying that company $10 million dollars a year for access to their overseas metadata.  By accessing that data, the CIA is spying on private communications, including the date and length of calls, and the phone numbers involved, all without a warrant.

Yesterday's wins... and losses...

For democrats, the big victories from yesterday's elections were that Terry McAuliffe and Bill DeBlasio defeated their Republican opponents in Virginia and New York.  However, there were many other wins, and losses, for progressives around our nation.

Today is a preview of 2014 and beyond.

Today is election day in several states around our nation, and the danger of many new voting laws is apparent.  This week in Texas, former democratic representative Jim Wright was almost denied the right to vote under the new voter ID law.

So, about those cancellation letters...

Surprise, surprise... Insurance companies are trying to cheat customers out of more money.  Since the start of Obamacare, we've heard various reports of companies canceling insurance policies, and charging customers hundreds of dollars more each month to continue coverage.

This is un-American.

Starting today, 47 million hungry Americans will see cuts to their SNAP benefits.  Five billion dollars is being slashed from the program, leaving the poor to survive on even less.  Families who are already struggling to make ends meet will see their food stamp benefits drop by an average of $36 dollars per household.

Why should we believe the NSA now?

For the third time in two weeks, we learned about yet another NSA spying program.  First we heard about the agency tapping the phones of world leaders.  Then we learned about them collecting data on Europeans.  And now, we find out that the NSA has broken into the main communication links of Yahoo and Google.

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