Des Moines-area residents take part in the National Day of Mobilization for the Unemployed on December 8, 2011. Standing outside the Federal Building, they call for an extension of jobless benefits and a much greater emphasis on job creation.
On a cold and blustery December afternoon recently, about two dozen Iowans gathered outside the Federal Building in downtown Des Moines as part of a National Day of Mobilization for the Unemployed. According to organizer Mark Cooper, President of the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, "Jobless union members, veterans, students and millions of others are struggling to make ends meet while many politicians merely support the wealthiest one percent."
When Carte Goodwin was appointed to temporarily fill the seat held by the late Sen. Byrd, he had the good fortune of being able to cast a vote right away that made a real difference for millions of Americans.
West Virginia's newest senator, Joe Manchin, might have a similar chance in the lame duck session of Congress. Rick Wilson explains.
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