Sunday Show Round Up

Unemployment benefits will likely be the first issue on the 2014 legislative agenda.
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Lawmakers discussed on Sunday the packed 2014 legislative agenda and focused on the immediate extension of federal unemployment benefits.

“It’s good for the economy,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said. “It’s good for the country. Every one of these people that are long-term unemployed, they spend the money. They don’t put it in the bank. It helps small business. That’s why small businesses favor this … they know it’s good for the economy.”

Majority of N.H. Voters Support Keeping Gitmo Open

WFB Poll: NH voters also favor trying suspected terrorist in military tribunals
View of the U.S. Naval Station base in Guantanamo Bay / AP

New Hampshire voters support the continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and say detained suspected terrorists should be tried in military tribunals rather than civilian courts, according to a Washington Free Beacon poll.

Fight for Your Right to Work

Right to work comes to Michigan
Lansing, Mich. State House / AP

Michigan will become the nation’s 24th right-to-work state Thursday, giving workers the ability to opt out of forced unionism for the first time.

A Rahm and a Hard Place

Obama stuck in the middle of Emanuel, Chicago Teachers Union fight
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As the Chicago Teachers Union strike enters its fourth day, President Obama finds himself stuck in the middle of the unfolding contract battle between the city and the labor union.

Sins of Omission

ProPublica ‘exposé’ failed to disclose own donors’ lack of disclosure
ProPublica

A recent ProPublica investigation into political nonprofits failed to disclose that one of the organization’s donors is a significant player in the world of “dark money” advocacy, while other contributors maintain deep ties to 501(c)4 groups supporting President Obama’s reelection campaign.