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Today's Teamster News 01.12.13

Top Senate Dems to White House: If you unilaterally raise debt ceiling, we’ve got your back  Washington Post   ...In a move that will significantly ratchet up the brinksmanship around the debt ceiling, the four members of the Senate Democratic leadership are privately telling the White House that they will give Obama full support if he opts for a unilateral solution to the debt ceiling crisis...
U.S. China Commission staff report on Balance of Trade with China in 2012  Trade Reform   ...The U.S. Balance of Trade with ChinaThe U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the cumulative trade deficit with China through November 2012 was nearly $291 billion, more than $18 billion higher than a year ago...
Private-sector pension coverage fell by half over two decades  Economic Policy Institute   ...The BLS’ “visual essay” documents the decline in defined benefit pensions, which now cover 18 percent of private-sector workers, down from 35 percent in the early 1990s...
Boomtown charity buys homeless one-way ticket out  CNN Money   ...Hundreds of job seekers arriving in the oil boomtown of Williston, N.D., are being sent back to where they came from after ending up homeless...
Rise of the zombie title: How thousands of homeowners finding themselves legally liable for houses that were seized by banks but never foreclosed  Reuters   ...Former homeowners who thought they no longer were responsible for properties now finding they are held financially responsible for often-derelict properties...
Secret Money Lobbyists Fight SEC Disclosure Rule  The Nation   ...A new rule, sparked by shareholder complaints, would compel publicly traded corporations to disclose much of their political spending to investors...
Manufacturers go to war with oil industry over gas exports  The Hill   ...The petroleum industry and several big manufacturing companies are warring over whether U.S. regulators should allow a major expansion of liquefied natural-gas exports...
"If You Want To Win An Election, Just Control The Voting Machines"  Common Dreams   ...Perhaps it's just a coincidence that the sudden rise of inaccurate exit polls happened around the same time corporate-programmed, computer-controlled, modem-capable voting machines began recording and tabulating ballots...
Can't Miss Work Even if You Have the Flu? You're Not Alone  AFL-CIO blog   ...While many experts and doctors urge people to stay at home to avoid infecting others, 38% of private-sector workers lack even one paid sick day...
Assembly rule on dissenters goes too far  The Cap Times   ...Under a new rule advanced by Republican Assembly leaders and passed 59-37 Thursday, a protester who is asked to leave three times would be banished from the galleries for the remainder of the session...
Port of Milwaukee saves on utility bills from wind turbine  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel   ..."This has proven to be a sensible, sustainable investment in green energy, and city residents are saving money..."

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