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To 1.3 million jobless Americans: The Republican Party wishes you a Very Unhappy New Year!

It would be one thing if there were a logical reason to cut off unemployment benefits for those who have been out of work the longest. But no such rationale exists. On both economic and moral grounds, extending benefits for the long-term unemployed should have received an automatic, bipartisan vote in both houses of Congress.

It didn’t. Nothing is automatic and bipartisan anymore, not with today’s radicalized GOP on the scene. In this case, a sensible and humane policy option is hostage to bruised Republican egos and the ideological myth of “makers” vs. “takers.”

The result is a cruel blow to families that are already suffering. On Saturday, benefits were allowed to expire for 1.3 million people who have been unemployed more than six months. These are precisely the jobless who will suffer most from…

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CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

AUSTIN (AP) – Forget whether Hillary Clinton could win the White House in 2016. Women still have yet to run many statehouses, but in 2014 two Texas Democrats are going for a new kind of history: Winning as an all-female ticket.

Democrat Wendy Davis is running to replace Gov. Rick Perry after catapulting to national fame this summer with an 11-hour filibuster in the Texas Capitol over new abortion restrictions. Another Democratic state senator, Leticia Van de Putte, is the party’s presumptive nominee for lieutenant governor.

Political researchers say it would mark just the fifth time in the last 20 years that a party nominated two women for a state’s top office.

None have ever won. The last to try were two new Jersey Democrats steamrolled in November by Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

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