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Support the Pocan/Ellison Amendment: Voting is a Right, Not a Privilege

Read more about this proposed amendment on TruthOutSECTION 1: Every citizen of the United States, who is of legal voting age, shall have the fundamental right to vote in any public election held in the jurisdiction in which the citizen resides.SECTION 2: Congress shall have the power to enforce and implement this article by appropriate legislation.

Melissa Harris-Perry: If only Congress considered unemployment as urgent as flight delays

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Update: At least one Representative does consider the issue: Thank you, Representative Hoyer.

Bloomberg Editorial: Long-Term Unemployment Is Turning Jobless Into Pariahs

Please read the full editorial with links on Bloomberg.comLong-term unemployment is one of the most vexing problems the U.S. faces, and today’s jobs report shows all-too-meager progress in fixing it.The U.S. created 165,000 new jobs in April, pushing down the unemployment rate to 7.5 percent from March’s 7.6 percent. But as of the end of April, 4.4 million Americans, or 37 percent of the unemployed, had been without a job for 27 weeks or longer, barely better than March’s 39 percent. The U.S. can’t afford to write off more than 4 million people who would like to work but haven’t for more than six months.Long-term joblessness peaked in April 2010 at 6.7 million, so the picture might seem to be improving. Hidden within that number is this troubling fact: The average unemployed person has been out of work for 36.5 weeks. That’s not much better than the December 2011 duration of 40.7 weeks, which was the longest since World War II. Long-term unemployment at the start of the recession in D…