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WPA Approved by Congress
President Franklin Roosevelt proposed the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression of the 1930s when almost 25 percent of Americans were unemployed. Approved by Congress on April 8, 1935, the WPA created low-paying federal jobs to provide immediate relief. The WPA put 8.5 million jobless to work on projects as diverse as constructing highways, bridges and public buildings to arts programs like the Federal Writers’ Project. This photograph, taken in El Cerrito, San Miguel County, New Mexico, shows WPA laborers at work on a road project.

Photo: National Archives

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this pressed for the record: Senator Orrin Hatch: “Congress can now begin to move an aggressive agenda” — Bloomberg News


this pressed for your right to know: Who didn’t get rich in Congress? – Debra J. Saunders|SFGate


Who didn’t get rich in Congress?

Darrell Issa is the richest member of Congress

CQ Roll Call came out with its annual list of members of Congress by wealth.

California politicians have done well for themselves. GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, who made a small fortune in car alarms before running for  office, leads the list with a net worth of $357 million. “Issa alone accounts for more than one-sixth of the entire Congress’ reported minimum net worth,” Roll Call reports. Sen. Dianne Feinstein‘s net worth is $43 million. She’s No. 9. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi placed 14th with a net worth of $29 million. Sen. Barbara Boxer was No. 175 with a net worth of $1.1 million. There are 188 millionaires in Congress.

via  Who didn’t get rich in Congress? – Debra J. Saunders.|SFGate

this day in the yesteryear: Second Continental Congress Passes Flag Resolution (1777)


Second Continental Congress Passes Flag Resolution (1777)

The Flag Resolution of 1777 authorized the first official design of the United States national flag. Since that time, the flag has undergone 26 changes, all of which have altered the star portion of the flag to represent the number of states in the Union. Originally, there was no elaborate symbolism attached to the flag’s colors. Meanings were assigned later, in 1782, when Charles Thomson gave a report to Congress defining the new Great Seal of the US. What do the colors now represent? More… Discuss

THE FIRST RED SCARE


The First Red Scare

After World War I, the US was gripped by fears of communist and anarchist infiltration. Pressured by Congress, the Justice Department launched massive raids—led by Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer—targeting communists, anarchists, and foreigners. More than 10,000 people were arrested and hundreds were deported, some for membership in Communist or left-wing groups, others on no greater pretext than that they looked or sounded foreign. What non-event effectively ended the Scare in 1920? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: PERMANENT UNITED STATES NAVY ESTABLISHED (1794)


Permanent United States Navy Established (1794)

The first incarnation of the US Navy was short-lived, established in 1775 and disbanded in 1784. However, with Barbary pirates harassing US merchant ships, Congress rethought its decision and established a permanent US Navy with the authorization to build six frigates in 1794. Three of these were welcomed into service soon after. The US Navy distinguished itself in the War of 1812 by unexpectedly defeating British forces several times. What role did naval power play in the American Civil WarMore…Discuss

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April Jobs Data Show Slower Recovery as Congress Considers Cuts (from National Women’s Law Center)


April Jobs Data Show Slower Recovery as Congress Considers Cuts (from National Women's Law Center)

April Jobs Data Show Slower Recovery as Congress Considers Cuts (from National Women’s Law Center) (click to read more)

From ACLU: Tell Congress: No Cyber Spying! No CISPA!


From ACLU:  Tell Congress: No Cyber Spying! No CISPA!

From ACLU: Tell Congress: No Cyber Spying! No CISPA! (click here to read more!)