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Are State Policies Actually Fueling the Inequality Gap?JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawmakers in many states have been trying to boost their post-recession economies by cutting income taxes, curbing aid to the long-term jobless or holding down the minimum wage. Some have pursued all of these steps. Whether such policies will spur businesses to expand as hoped isn’t yet clear. But collectively, [...]
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U.S. Extends Deportation Protection to DACA YouthWASHINGTON (AP) — Young immigrants who have won government protection from deportation can apply for another two years of safety. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will start taking renewal applications from the more than half-million immigrants already enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program starting immediately. Renewal applications are being sought now [...]
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In Focus: Voter ID Laws and Tuesday’s PrimariesMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — New laws requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls were enforced in two Southern primaries on Tuesday, but with mixed results.  In Alabama, there were few hitches, but a razor-tight U.S. Senate race in Mississippi could hinge on provisional ballots, some of them cast as a result of a [...]
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On Denial of Voting: Ala. Needs to Widen Door for CitizensTuesday’s news about Alabama’s primary voting brought unfortunately familiar stories of voter disenfranchisement. According to MSNBC, 93-year-old Willie Mims, who is African American, was turned away from his polling place in Escambia County because he does not have a driver’s license or any other form of identification.  He should have been allowed to cast a provisional ballot, as [...]
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Seattle Approves $15 Hourly Wage – to be U.S. HighestThe Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that gradually increases the minimum wage in the city to $15, which would make it the highest in the nation. The issue has dominated politics in the liberal municipality for months. Mayor Ed Murray, who was elected last year, had promised in his campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15
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Another Immigration Action Delayed – With Eyes on HouseWASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has asked the Department of Defense to delay a plan that would allow some immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children to obtain a limited path to citizenship by serving in the military. The decision to postpone the narrowly drawn proposal is part of the White House effort [...]
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Families Dropped Off in Phoenix and a Shift in ImmigrationPHOENIX (AP) — By the time the women arrived disheveled and hungry at the Greyhound station in Phoenix, they had already spent weeks traveling thousands of miles with young children in tow. Ranging from months old to adolescents, some of the children were sick and lethargic. Others played gleefully at arcade games in the crowded [...]
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Supreme Court to Hear Alabama Redistricting ChallengeWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a challenge from Alabama Democrats who say a Republican-drawn legislative map intentionally packs Black Democrats into a few voting districts, giving them too little influence in the Legislature and shutting out White Democrats in the process.  The justices agreed to hear a pair of [...]
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Missing From BookExpo America: Racial DiversityNEW YORK (AP) — Three years ago, guest speaker Mindy Kaling joked that publishing’s annual national convention, BookExpo America, resembled “a high school reunion where all the jocks were killed in a plane crash, and all the minorities, too.” Little seems to have changed.  From Wednesday to Saturday, tens of thousands of publishers, authors, agents [...]
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House Chair Scrutinizes Obama’s Immigration StrategyWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s latest attempt to pressure House Republicans to act on immigration legislation will backfire and make action harder, a House chairman said Thursday. Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., criticized Obama’s move this week to delay the results of a review of the nation’s deportations policy until late summer. White [...]
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