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William D. Smart, Jr., pastor of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, right, protests with fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) inside of a Subway restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

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William D. Smart, Jr., pastor of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, right, protests with fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) inside of a Subway restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

Minimum Wage Messaging Change: ‘Entry-Level’ Pay for Basics

In his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama urged Congress to raise the minimum wage. It didn’t, despite broad public support for the idea. If you can’t win on the merits, change the messaging, says Leo Hindery,...

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Employees assemble variety packs of cookies at the Pepperidge Farm Inc. manufacturing facility in Richmond, Utah, on Nov. 18, 2013.

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Employees assemble variety packs of cookies at the Pepperidge Farm Inc. manufacturing facility in Richmond, Utah, on Nov. 18, 2013.

Jobs Report: Mixed Message

Updated at 9:20 and 10:05 am EST The jobless rate in the U.S. has fallen by more than one percentage point since President Barack Obama’s reelection. The rate stood at 6.7 percent in December, at the end of the first...

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Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada."

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Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada."

Nonpartisanship Springs From Labor’s Book List

Only in Washington could Milton Friedman share props with the devil and Prada. The capital is serving up a new crop of strange bedfellows courtesy of the Department of Labor and Library of Congress. As part of a campaign to...

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Job seekers wait in line to visit the U.S. Department of State booth at the Choice Career Fairs job fair in Arlington, Virginia.

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Job seekers wait in line to visit the U.S. Department of State booth at the Choice Career Fairs job fair in Arlington, Virginia.

Jobs Report: Visualize This

So the economy added 204,000 jobs in October — more than forecast. And the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.3 percent — a figure based on household surveys, and if the government asked a lot of government workers or contractors...

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U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) walks to the House Chamber for a vote on October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) walks to the House Chamber for a vote on October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Boehner: Obamacare More of a Problem than a Solution

Updated at 10:18 am EDT The war on Obamacare goes on: With word about September’s employment gains out this morning — word delayed by the 16-day partial government shutdown over a Republican bid to block the president’s health-care program —...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, right, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speak to the media after a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2, 2013.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, right, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speak to the media after a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2, 2013.

Shutdown Journal: Day 3

Updated at 10:51 am through 2:55 pm EDT With Lisa Lerer reporting from the White House, Terry Atlas from the Senate House Speaker John Boehner has been telling fellow Republicans that he won’t allow the U.S. to default on its...

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Adult film actresses Chanel Preston, Allie Haze and Selena Rose are silhouetted onstage as they watch a video clip while presenting awards during the 29th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Adult film actresses Chanel Preston, Allie Haze and Selena Rose are silhouetted onstage as they watch a video clip while presenting awards during the 29th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Porn Stars on the Job in Labor Survey

Written with Lorraine Woellert Did a porn star’s syphilis outbreak slow U.S. job growth last month? Some bloggers seem to think it might have, and it sounds like a great story. Yet it’s probably not true. Yes, employment at movie...

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Job seekers wait in line to meet with employers at the 25th Annual CUNY big Apple Job and Internship Fair in New York City.

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Job seekers wait in line to meet with employers at the 25th Annual CUNY big Apple Job and Internship Fair in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 335,500

That’s the average number of people applying for unemployment benefits in the past four weeks, the least since November 2007. About 333,000 people made first-time jobless claims in the week ended Aug. 3, compared with 328,000, 345,000 and 336,000 in...

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Ice cream is your weakness instead? Down 1.7 percent over the past month alone, the biggest decline since June 2009.

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Ice cream is your weakness instead? Down 1.7 percent over the past month alone, the biggest decline since June 2009.

May Consumer Prices: Cookies, Drugs

Have a sweet tooth and are under a doctor’s care? Then you’re probably seeing record-low inflation. The consumer-price index climbed 0.1 percent in May, the Labor Department reported today, less than the 0.2 percent median forecast of economists surveyed by...

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Morning commuters exit a subway turnstile in New York.

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Morning commuters exit a subway turnstile in New York.

Bloomberg By the Numbers: 77

Women earned 77 percent of what men did in 2011 for the same job, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics cited by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a Washington-based research group. The figures for the most recent year available were cited as...

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