• REPUBLICANS BLOCK US PUBLIC SECTOR WAGE HIKE

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    WASHINGTON D.C.: US Senate Republicans on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) blocked a hotly-contested effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, a move President Barack Obama vowed to turn to his party’s election-year advantage. A united Democratic front convinced just one Republican, Bob Corker, to back the measure, and with a vote count of 54-42, it failed to earn the 60 votes necessary to overcome blocking tactics and begin debate on the bill.

    AFP

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