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Feingold, Ellison bill makes voters registration easier for Americans

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) are reintroducing legislation to make it easier for Americans to register to vote by allowing same day registration at polling places for all federal elections.  By allowing voters to register at polling places the same day as they vote, the Same Day Registration Act would help increase voter turnout and voters would not have to worry about sitting an election out because they missed a registration deadline. 
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Ellison announces special payments for service members who served under Stop Loss Orders

Ellison announces special payments for service members who served under Stop Loss Orders
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis) announced that special payments are now available to over 185,000 service members who have had their enlistments involuntarily extended since September 11, 2001, providing $500 for every month they were held under stop-loss orders.  Congress established this payment in the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act enacted this summer.
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Ellison supports Landmark Consumer Financial Protection Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis) joined a majority of his colleagues on the House Financial Services Committee in voting for H.R. 3126, Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009.
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Rubber bullets fired at South African shack dwellers

 Rubber bullets fired at South African shack dwellers(GIN) - South African riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at crowds of protesters in two communities east of Johannesburg who are demanding better housing, running water and electricity in their townships.
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Rally thanks Senator Franken, urges him to keep fighting for a Public Health Insurance Option

With the health care reform debate set to begin on the House and Senate floors next week, Minnesotans from across the Twin Cities rallied outside Senator Franken’s office today to thank him for pushing for real health care reform. The Senator’s staff was presented with a pair of boxing gloves to encourage him to keep fighting for real reform that includes a strong public health insurance plan.
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Congo rainforest defender wins right livelihood prize

Congo rainforest defender wins right livelihood prize(GIN) – René Ngongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of four winners of this year’s Right Livelihood Award, also known as the alternative Nobel Peace Prize.
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What President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize means for America

What President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize means for America(NNPA) – When it was announced that President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, within hours, the Republican Party issued a statement declaring he was not worthy of such recognition. Others said the award was based on his potential rather than his accomplishments so far.
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Microsoft unveils new Windows phones worldwide

REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. announced today the availability of a new line of Windows® phones around the world that are available in a broad range of styles and prices. With a Windows phone, people can navigate their phone easily with the touch of a finger and browse the Internet on a great mobile browser. People can also connect to two new services that allow them to back up and share data from their phone to the Web and buy a variety of useful applications from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
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U.N. peacemakers linked to disastrous military offensive

(GIN) - United Nations peacekeepers are facing criticism for supporting a military offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Ghana's state-owned phone company sold below value

(GIN) - The sale of Ghana entire state-owned telecommunications system to England's Vodafone was "unconstitutional and illegal", a leaked Ghanaian government report says. The inter-ministerial report said the government did not get value for money in the sale.
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Citizens and people of faith call upon MnDOT for achieving outcomes in minority hiring and contracts

ISAIAH, Organizing Apprenticeship Project and PolicyLink released preliminary findings and set of recommendations from a joint report entitled “Equitable Recovery in Minnesota: The Transportation Opportunity.”  The report examines how ARRA funds, intended to be invested in communities most impacted by the recession, have actually impacted disadvantaged and low-income people in transportation investments and access to jobs.
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