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De Blasio on Capitol Hill Seeks Signers for ‘Progressive Agenda’

Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who popularized the term “the 1 percent” to spotlight increasing income inequality, will headline the first stop of a four-day U.S. tour by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who popularized the term “the 1 percent” to spotlight increasing income inequality, will headline the first stop of a four-day U.S. tour by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg
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Standing outside the U.S. Capitol under a broiling sun, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spent more than an hour calling on elected officials, activists and union leaders to sign his 13-point “Progressive Agenda” -- and give him a national profile in the process.

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten were among a parade of speakers Tuesday backing his plan. They decried what they described as betrayals of American workers and families at the hands of the ever-more wealthy top 1 percent of earners.