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U.S. Has 45.3M Poor People. Why No Major Improvement?

U.S. Has 45.3M Poor People. Why No Major Improvement?

The basic question from Tuesday’s release of U.S. poverty statistics is this: If the country’s economy is technically growing, then why do the 2013 numbers from the Census Bureau fail to reflect significant and overall improvement for working families and individuals? In 2013, the country was home to 45.3 million people living in poverty, marking [...]
Police Body Cameras Can Build Trust, White House SaysWASHINGTON (AP) — Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution to bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black man, on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. In the days and [...]
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Tip Campaign for Marriott Hotel Housekeepers BeginsNEW YORK (AP) — Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. The campaign, called “The Envelope Please,” begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some [...]
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Deportations Hit Lowest Since 2007 but ’2 Million’ is TrueWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion. The Homeland Security Department is on pace to remove the fewest number of immigrants since 2007, according to an analysis of its data by The [...]
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A Black Man, Aug. 9, 2014 and Ferguson, Mo.In the 30 days since Michael Brown passed away on Aug. 9, 2014, what has changed in the United States? City leaders in Ferguson – the epicenter of some of the worst demonstrations involving race in the country in years – have vowed to pursue policy changes governing its police force and to improve relations with [...]
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Gay Marriage Issue Heading to Supreme Court?WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It’s time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter. Even a justice recently said she thinks so, too. The emerging consensus makes it likely that the justices soon will agree to take up the question of whether the Constitution forbids [...]
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On Tap for Congress: Avoiding a ShutdownWASHINGTON (AP) — Summer break over and elections ahead, Congress has started an abbreviated September session with must-do tasks of preventing a government shutdown and extending a freeze on taxing access to the Internet. Lawmakers will find time, too, for votes conveying political messages primed for fall campaigning. Republicans who run the House may have [...]
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No Person Should be ‘Left by the Wayside’Earlier this month, we celebrated Labor Day, which was established to celebrate workers and their contributions to the strength and prosperity of the country. We celebrate teachers, nurses, restaurant workers, firefighters, and domestic workers, among innumerable other roles that exist to serve and protect all of us. To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when [...]
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Obama Punts on Immigration, Prompts Cries of BetrayalOne of the most significant signs that something was off track with President Barack Obama’s executive actions regarding immigration was that he never unveiled his plans before the end of summer. In June, he said he would do so. Then, on a sleepy Saturday in September, the news dropped. The president will announce the changes [...]
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Obama Pushes Immigration Changes to NovemberWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday that the surge of immigrant children entering the U.S. illegally changed the politics surrounding the issue of immigration and led him to put off a pledge to use executive action that could shield millions of people from deportation. Immigration reform advocates criticized Obama after White House officials [...]
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