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Texas Can’t Ban Syrian Refugees, U.S. Judge Rules

Texas Can’t Ban Syrian Refugees, U.S. Judge Rules

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas can’t keep out Syrian refugees, a federal judge has ruled, dismissing concerns state Republican leaders’ sounded over hidden extremists following the Paris attacks and revived this week by Donald Trump following the nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida. Texas was the first state to sue the Obama administration over resettlements, though […]

Report: Health Premiums, in General, Are Likely to Rise in 2017

Report: Health Premiums, in General, Are Likely to Rise in 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for popular low-cost medical plans under the federal health care law are expected to go up an average of 11 percent next year, said a study that reinforced reports of sharp increases around the country in election season. For consumers, the impact will depend on whether they get government subsidies for […]

Families Mark Victory: Raise the Age Louisiana Act Becomes Law

Families Mark Victory: Raise the Age Louisiana Act Becomes Law

Louisiana is making a set of critical reforms to its juvenile justice system, including ensuring that 17-year-olds can be placed in that system instead of adult prisons, delivering an important win for the state’s families. On June 14, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed four bills designed to improve Louisiana’s approach to juvenile justice by creating […]

Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

It’s already begun happening. In 2016, 500,000 to 1 million recipients will be officially cut from the “food stamp” rolls. Some reports say it could be more than 1 million recipients. Before the end of the year, reports say, Tennessee will have eliminated 150,000; Florida will cut 300,000 recipients; North Carolina will chop 110,000 from […]

An Orlando Reflection: Damn Hate, Blessed Solidarity

An Orlando Reflection: Damn Hate, Blessed Solidarity

Whatever the motivations of the perpetrator in Orlando, Florida–the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States–this is yet another sad example of the devastating consequences of intolerance, hate and prejudice. The man responsible, a young American born in New York to parents from Afghanistan, apparently pledged allegiance to the terrorist group ISIS […]

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