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Don't put mothers and their children in prison

Today’s Twitter feed is abuzz with the news that the White House intends to announce administrative action for some of the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented Americans. While the contours of the relief remain unclear, President Obama’s action undoubtedly moves the immigration reform debate to a new place and promises to make real – at least in a limited way for the very near future – the right to family unity guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights at articles 17 and 23.

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South Minneapolis historic home owner Pearl Lindstrom dies at 92

(Photo by Paige Elliott)

Pearl Lindstrom, the owner of the south Minneapolis home recently added to the National Register of Historic Places has died at the age of 92. A call to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner today confirmed Lindstrom's death was reported with their office. The cause of death, time of death and other details are pending an official investigation.

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2014 Women’s Congress: Girl power goes green for future generations

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Despite being a leading environmental policy expert, Carolyn Raffensperger said she’s been excluded from environmental projects because of her gender, and it’s happening to women across the board.

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Mr. President: Act now on immigration

With the election over, President Obama has no good reason to delay executive orders to mitigate the harsh application of current immigration laws. Every day that he delays means more families torn apart by deportation. He cannot change the immigration law itself — only Congress could do that, and they won’t. But the president can and must use his executive power to change the way that the current law is applied. That is now the only way to stop deportation of family members and longtime U.S. residents and to protect refugees and asylum seekers fleeing violence and terror in Mexico and Central America.

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VIDEO: KSTP owner Stan Hubbard refuses to apologize during Augsburg #Pointergate protest

(Photo by Kristoffer Tigue) KSTP owner Stanley Hubbard defends his station's report, now known as #Pointergate, during his Nov. 13 speech at Augsburg College. Video below.

Outside of Sateren Auditorium on Augsburg College’s campus, dozens of protesters convened in the cold November air, demanding KSTP publicly apologize for their report last week, now dubbed #Pointergate.

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#Pointergate protesters plan rally against KSTP owner Stan Hubbard

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Updated: Watch KSTP owner Stanley Hubbard refuse to apologize during Augsburg #Pointergate protest

KSTP’s report of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges supposedly flashing a gang sign on camera sent the local news station straight into the national spotlight. Social media erupted in anger, demanding the station retract the story and apologize on air.

But KSTP decided to stand behind their report, so protesters are now taking their chants off Twitter and onto the streets.

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How you can help celebrate Veterans Day

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My brother was a homeless veteran. Since his death, Veterans Day isn't just another meaningless federal holiday. I'm grateful that two years before my brother died, he found housing. Yet over 57,000 veterans are homeless each night, according to HUD. Sixty percent of them are in shelters, the rest un-sheltered. Nearly 5,000 are female.

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Big Meat flexes its muscles

It wasn’t the subject of a barrage of campaign ads this past month, nor has it been widely reported in the media or even debated much in the halls of Congress but new rules are being written right now as part of an arcane, secret process that will expand global agribusiness’ choke-hold over our food system, and you are not invited. A new report, Big Meat Swallows the Trans-Pacific Partnership, released today from IATP takes an in-depth look at what’s at stake for global agribusiness—and particularly the big meat corporations—in potentially the largest regional free trade agreement ever negotiated, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Loan credit restrictions loosened as federal parent loan program aims to increase accessibility

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As part of the revamps to the Higher Education Act, the federal government is changing its credit requirements to increase accessibility for parent loans.

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VIDEO: Final Franken- McFadden debate

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Senator Al Franken (DFL) and his challenger Mike McFadden (R) engaged in their final debate Sunday night at the Fitzgerald Theater.

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